I had been using BBS's since I was about 10 or so. The local high school
had started one on an Apple IIe with a gigantic 10Meg Hard disk known at
varying times as "Mr. Weaver's Neighborhood," "Captain's Quarters," and in
the end, "School Days." The final incarnation was on a 286 with a 40meg
I used to call the high school board on my 1200 baud modem on our Apple
IIe. [You typed "pr#4" and then entered raw AT commands from the modem
I never really got into the whole BBS thing until one day my friends
called and asked me to test out their new BBS.
It was fun. I had my own sub. I was a co-sysop [Pronounced always as
"sigh-sop" not "sis-op" by me]. I had a rivalry with another co,
Tiberious. Raistlin [later Pianoman, AKA John] and Ford Perfect [sic]
[Jason] were great sysops, and only got mildly annoyed if I played with
Utopia started out on a 2400 baud modem. I had my own sub called "Weave's
World". I would create ANSI art. When we were hooked up to various
networks, I would send e-mail to myself at other boards [and when we were
briefly on WWIV net I could send e-mail through the internet gateway! It
wasn't until I got a job with the Army in 1995 that I found out about the
I was Deater #3, until Ford's computer caught a virus. After that I ended
up as #23. I never really forgave losing my low number.
We had neat visitors from all over. We enjoyed talking to Deity, the
female from Parkton. Tin Man was cool, as was the original "Aviator" who
was much older than us but seemed to enjoy the board.
I uploaded the various games I had written in turbo pascal to the transfer
All was good.
Gradually towards the end things tapered down. No longer were there
constant busy signals; but then again no one posted. I finally got a 14.4
modem, people found the internet, AOL, and IRC.
In august 1996 Ford could no longer justify the expense of the phone line,
which his family could put to better use. I was briefly made a sysop, and
things wound down.
We all went off to college. I picked up Linux and have become enmeshed in the internet. Sometimes I long for the days where I would have telix re-dial for hours trying to get in. For when I could sit and play with THEDRAW for hours. But things move on.