The "at" smybol; you know, this thing: @ The @ sign. The word was first heard nationally on January 2, 1994, during a broadcast of CBS Sunday day with Charles Kuralt. Seven days earlier, Mr Kuralt asked audiences to outline names for the indication, since no name existed. "Atpersand" ended up being submitted by Professor John Giannotti of Rutgers University. Mr Kuralt read Professor Giannotti's letter throughout the broadcast.