"One of the most important and fascinating of all computer languages is LISP... Subsequently, LISP has enjoyed great popularity with workers in Artificial Intelligence. " -- From "Gödel, Escher, Bach" (1979) by Douglas R. Hofstadter.
"I got hired at the Artificial Intelligence Lab not by JonL, but by Russ Noftsker, which was most ironic considering what was to come — he must have really regretted that day." -- Richard Stallman (https://www.gnu.org/gnu/rms-lisp.html)