I had lunch today in Portland with Lori! I forget her old screen name (maybe it was Lori?) and she lived in Colorado at the time she was a frequent forum poster. I haven't seen her in about a dozen years when we had lunch in Fort Lauderdale. We got to wondering, does anyone know the first date of the Forums? Are we at our 20 year anniversary? Neither of us were "planks" but I was a very early forum member; she couldn't remember when she joined. She's doing great.
Dennis yes, I remember you were with CompuServe back then. Gimpy, I am 99.9% sure I'd been married a couple of years and in my house for at least half a year which would put it at '99 but I've been wrong before. Since our original forum site is long gone, I was hoping someone would have the original birth date.
The Jan 20, 2002 crawl of JAD by wayback has the first link to "bulletin boards" that I can find, which is the old xsorbit board. From that, this: Name: Ray -- Joke A Day Posts: 313 Position: Mother of All Joke Tellers Date Registered: January 14th, 2002, 3:24am
I just spent way too much time on the Wayback Machine looking for any evidence of myself on the old forums. I have concluded I do not exist. lol. Unfortunately it looks like most of the pages weren't archived, and while I can look up members whose names appear, there doesn't appear to be a way to find a member whose name isn't linked.
The only thing I can find is that by August 2002, when the member websites link first appears, my site is included. I don't remember when I started; at first it was the chat room, and eventually the boards. I do know when I truly became active - Good Friday 2002. Life took a turn on that day and Ray broke me out of a depressive funk. 17 years later, still haven't left. Threatened to once or twice, I think.
I got one little bit wrong, and it must be 45 years since I had to use it!
I'm still using a form of them 40 years after I first learnt them. The technicians still can't work out how I can works out weights and proportions in extemp preperations using a pen and pad. I don't have to do it all that often but I still prefer (and trust) pen and paper.