> Yes, TeX itself: it was not (maybe I had better say "not only" to stop
 > being lynched) a labour of love by a heroic individual but a very
 > well-funded and staffed major resaerch programme (sic).
 >
So, it was funded by research money. Thats not what *I* mean by
`sponsorship'. I was referring to people putting money into work
because they want to use the result. People like the NSF didnt give
Knuth cash because they wanted to use TeX....

Did the AMS pay for any of TeX?

Sebastian