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STATUS, and the first n characters

I rather agree with GLS
    Date: 19 November 1980 1350-EST (Wednesday)
    From: Guy.Steele at CMU-10A
    To: Dave Touretzky at CMU-10A
    Subject:  Re: cutting corners in STATUS ?
    .  .  .
    Actually, STATUS is a moderately non-LISPish thing to do.
which is not to say that non-LISPish things must be bad;  just
that even LISP has to "accommodate" once in a while, and the
STATUS accommodation reflects the "realities" of 12 years ago.
Is it really worth changing now?