Linda Castellani (castle) Sun 26 Mar 00 10:50
The WELL is 15 years old! Come join us in celebrating this anniversary milestone...
Nick Bantock (purgatory) Tue 28 Mar 00 22:58
(autumn) Wed 29 Mar 00 20:15
Happy Birthday to the Well! Ever since I joined in 1991, the Well has held my interest. I've logged on every day for almost nine years except for a few days now and then when I've been camping in the backcountry or recovering from major surgery.
Fleur Helsingor (fhelsing) Wed 29 Mar 00 20:56
Hooray to The WELL! I've been on The WELL for six years, since February 1994. I came to The WELL to meet other artists who are interested in computers (g acen! g arts!) and I also got involved with the folks who populate the WELLmuse. Some of the highlights of my time here include ringing in the New Year -- including the fabulous Year 2000 -- with friends in The WELLmuse from diverse time zones!
Kristen Huntley (komet) Wed 29 Mar 00 21:51
happy birthday well! i can't beleive that i've been here for three years already. (or, maybe i mean i can't beleive it's only been three years..feels like a decade.)
John Payne (satyr) Thu 30 Mar 00 19:30
This place-cum-community has been through 15 years, two changes of ownership, a progression of platforms (PDP to Sequent to Sun) and operating systems (BSD to I-don't-remember-what to Solaris), an interface bifurcation, enough buzz to stir up every hive for miles around, about a gazillion words posted, the arrival of many fine and articulate folks and the departure of some of them, enough flame wars to keep us a little unsettled, and enough sanity to make it okay again. Happy Birthday!
Gary Pattillo (gary) Fri 31 Mar 00 08:48
In September, it will be 10 years for me. And, like <autumn> (I remember when she was <judithb>!), I have checked in almost every day of those 9.5 years. Scary, really. HBD, WELL!
Thomas Armagost (silly) Fri 31 Mar 00 14:25
<scribbled by silly Mon 9 Jul 12 16:01>
Gail Williams (gail) Fri 31 Mar 00 18:11
Here's to the next 15 and the next!
Martin Minow (minow) Sat 1 Apr 00 00:06
While innocently surfing on the Well's birthday today, I regretfully let an old email virus loose. This was first described on this date in 1988 in a posting to Risks Digest <http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/6.53.html#subj1>. As I noted in that message, the virus doesn't affect your programs or data files. Instead, it causes other people to send you electronic mail. The virus entered its "teen years" today, as virulent as ever. Please accept my most sincere and humble apologies for any harm this virus may have caused you.
Katherine Branstetter (kathbran) Sat 1 Apr 00 07:32
Oh oh! I joined The WELL in 1990 and supported it without posting much until 1994. Then I found myself with some free time and in need of a new community. I dove in! I found smart, funny, kind people from many professions and stayed. In 1997, The WELL began supporting *me* as Helpdesk Representitive! Happy Birthday!
Autumn Storhaug (autumn) Sat 1 Apr 00 07:58
Blame <minow>! <gary> has a good memory! Yes, I started on the Well as <judithb>, but when <judyb> and I began getting each other's mail, I changed my username.
Roberta Piazza (rpiazza) Sat 1 Apr 00 09:34
The WELL changed my life. And I'm ever so glad.
Reva Basch (reva) Sun 2 Apr 00 16:46
What Roberta said. Going on 12 years for me, now.
Richard Evans (rje) Sun 2 Apr 00 17:43
In contrast to most the WELL is, for me, quite literally a virtual community. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and while this can sometimes make my sense of connection to the WELL feel somewhat tenuous, with all these references to people and places in some other continent, the distance is also part of the appeal with the WELL acting as a kind of mutant news source. And then there are the opinions and humour and other postings from certain individual WELLperns which are a joy to read. And not to forget those postings which are not, from my personal perspective, a reading joy but which contribute to the ambient textual texture. And speaking of text one of the most unique aspects of the WELL is the archiving of past conversations which can sometimes lead to fresh banter, sometimes merely constitute a great read- it's a bit like walking into a bar which was formerly a famous hangout only it is typed text which lingers rather than the smell of cigars. It's an idea junkhouse, amongst other things, and virtual home to more than a few fascinating people.
news about mutants (satyr) Sun 2 Apr 00 18:16
Couldn't resist! ;-)
idea junkhouse (castle) Sun 2 Apr 00 21:03
I rather fancy this one.
Gail Williams (gail) Sun 2 Apr 00 21:29
<minow> that risks alert is classic in every sense of the word.
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (peoples) Mon 3 Apr 00 16:46
I am now in my eighth year as a member of this community. It's been an amazing ride. I've laughed my ass off at some of the funniest conversational threads I've ever run into. I've wept tears of shared pain and grief when a fellow community member committed suicide. I've developed crushes on various WELL members' brains from time to time, and been mad enough at others to want to smack them silly. All virtually, of course. For those who might wonder if it's "real," I say Yes! It's as real as talking on the phone, as real as exchanging hardcopy letters, as real as the emotions that course through all of us. You can't touch your emotions, you can't measure them, weigh them, draw them. But they're real and true, just like The WELL. So I'd like to thank The WELL for being here, for making me laugh and cry and rant and rave, for introducing me to a whole new world of communication.
Mary Elizabeth Williams (marybeth) Tue 4 Apr 00 08:09
The WELL totally changed my life - gave me a new career, gave me a godmother for my baby, introduced me to some of my best friends, hooked me up with writing connections. When I finished college, I wondered if I'd ever again have that feeling of day to day connection with a group of people I wanted to talk to all the time. And that's exactly what I got when I got online. Six years and counting....
Libbi Lepow (paris) Tue 4 Apr 00 11:01
I've been here almost eight years, having logged on for the first time from <reva's> home office in May, 1992. Has the WELL changed my life? Hmmmm. In 1992, I was about to move into my house in Cherry Hill, NJ. I was married and working at a nuclear power plant in Salem, NJ. Unless something significant changes in the next two months, I'm now living in the Bay Area (thanks to a job I got through a woman in WOW), with my life-partner <dlee> (whom I met f2f when I responded to his post in the News conference about the death of his fiance), and working at one of the more interesting .com companies in the Silicon Valley. Yeah, I guess you could say the WELL has changed my life jest a leetle.
David Gans (tnf) Tue 4 Apr 00 12:26
It's changed my life more than a leetle.
I kiss your hand... (coop) Mon 17 Apr 00 17:00
The Well....well, I can't say it *changed my life, but it certainly has added to it! I was dragged into the Well, oh, what, I donno, maybe five years ago by a colleague and her husband after fine conversation at a Berkeley restaurant whilst I was visiting them during a conference. (I'm an east- coaster.) Mr. Jereva said, at the end of the evening, "So, your against gun control, against the death penalty, and don't have an ethical problem with cannibalism. We need you on The Well." I've been helped by friends here through tough times, and have celebrated wonderful times. I now have more friends and family in the Bay area than I do here at home! Happy Birthday, Well!
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