Linus Torvalds wrote in coding style for Linux kernel that Kernighan and Ritchie are prophets and further elaborated that:
"but all right-thinking people know that (a) K&R are _right_ and (b) K&R are right.".
This was in reference to one true brace coding style.
But the influence of Dennis Ritchie is much more that just coding style. He is the father of C language and Co-Father of Unix operating system.
Here is how I think the conversation between Ritchie and Thompson would have been
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