Walter Schmidt actually wrote:
>> Walter wrote:
>>> Who designed Arial and when? Why is it so-o-o similar to Helvetica?
> Pardon me, but was not me who asked this question.
That would have been moi. The previous responses were very helpful, so
my thanks to all who responded. Somneone referred me to Mark Simonson's
web page, The Scourge of Arial
which had a very thorough report of the development of the design and
the events and context in which it was produced.