As quoted in the AP story:
"Much of my work has come from being lazy," Backus told Think, the IBM employee magazine, in 1979. "I didn't like writing programs, and so, when I was working on the IBM 701 (an early computer), writing programs for computing missile trajectories, I started work on [FORTRAN] to make it easier to write programs."Backus claimed to be lazy. In reality, his hard work hastened the development of the software industry we know today.