Disney Echo Founder
Joined: Aug. 2003
||Posted: Aug. 03, 2003 12:47 am/pm
Since us newbies are supposed to post an official-type "Yoo Hoo" message (geez...they still say that! ), I'll do so.
If I see my name around here much more, I probably won't be able to fit through the door with a swelled head! So let me tell you the REAL truth. In 1990, around the time of the birth of our second daughter, I needed an outlet. Bethany, while absolutely wonderful, was much different than her older sister. Amy slept through the night from her date of birth. Bethany slept through the night for the first time when she was three! So Daddy usually got the night shift, and needed something to do while holding this very upset little girl .
That outlet turned into a BBS (for you youngsters who don't remember the days before the Internet, Bulletin Board Systems were what you dialed into to connect with others). Since I was a died-in-the-wool Disney-fanatic, I named it "The Ink And Paint Club". It was all text, running the WWIV system. As soon as I could, I hooked up to the WWIVNet system (whereby each BBS would hook up to another BBS, exchange messages up and down the line). Since there wasn't one, I had to create a Disney topic group.
WWIVNet was nice, but I kept hearing about other networks that were busier. I tried a few of them, either through my BBS or another. Finally, a friend told me about FidoNet, the biggest one of 'em all. I joined up, even though it cost a maintenance fee every month (and we didn't have it! I was between jobs, but this was more important than anything else). Once again, I was able to create a Disney subtopic, which a bunch of others joined.
I noticed that another Disney sub started right around the same time as mine, but mine hit the national list first, so it got more traffic. A bunch of people from the other sub came over to mine, including a husband and wife from Louisiana. If I was a fanatic, I don't think there was a word to describe them! I could see that they were special, and I asked them to be my assistant moderators, and handle things for me (like discipline in posting, and the like).
And the rest, as they say, is history. Eventually, I got a real job in the real world, and had less and less time to spend on the Disney sub. Rich and Carol graciously took over more and more of the daily responsibilities, and never once complained about doing all the work with none of the credit on the National list. One night, while chatting with them, I dropped the bomb on them...I was shutting down my BBS, and focusing on my job and my growing family. I tried to hang around, and be their assistant, but there just wasn't enough time in the day. So I said "see ya real soon" to all my friends, and slipped off stage quietly.
Since then, I've heard occasionally from Rich, but I haven't really been active online in the Disney community. With a large family (six children, three horses, five cats, and a number of Pug dogs...my wife raises and shows them), a great job (Director of Sales & Marketing at the Choo Choo Barn in Strasburg, Lancaster County, PA), and a full life, I kinda forgot about the "good old days".
Now, I own Disney stock (left to me by my parents), I visit Disney World as often as humanly (and financially) possible, and this email dropped out of the blue from that guy in Louisiana about an anniversary of the old FidoNet group, and would I mind stopping in, and seeing what he's got going...
I said it in an email earlier, but I'll say it here publically...Rich, you have created a truly amazing system here! It's gone exponentially beyond anything I ever imagined!! You deserve all the credit on the 13th anniversary of the Disney Echo, and I'm thrilled to see what you've done.
My hat (complete with the requisite ears) is off to you and Carol! Congratulations, and many MANY more!