I heard him tell the story at CurryOn 2015 in Prague. IIRC, he was not only hired to write a Scheme like dialect, but he actually wrote it that way. When he was almost done like a week before the contract end, they asked him to change the syntax to be more Java-like.

map{substr$_->[0],$_->[1]||0,1}[\*||{},3],[[]],[ref qr-1,-,-1],[{}],[sub{}^*ARGV,3]

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