The oldest DB book that I have at hand is The Practical SQL Handbook, published in '89 by Sybase/Addison-Wesley, and it shows the column names being defined as part of the Create View statement, before the Select portion. My A Guide To Sybase and SQL Server by D. McGoveran and CJ Date ('92) also shows this syntax.
I knew that as soon as I started clearing my office of my books for my departure at the end of the month that I'd need to look something up.
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