Spitbol is the fast version of SNOBOL, and it's being maintained by Dave Shields. Single-handedly. This came up on HNN a couple of weeks ago, and now Vice seems to have picked up on the story for a personal angle [hnn].
I've considered using Spitbol for some kind of NLP stuff, but after all the work I've already put into some pretty sophisticated tokenization I'm not sure it's worth the effort for my main language-handling tasks. We'll see. It's certainly tempting.