How the WELL came to Woodstock

woodstock.4: How the WELL came to Woodstock

woodstock.4.0: David Gans (tnf)  Sat 6 Aug 94 10:29

 Someone must know the story!

woodstock.4.1: Danica Remy (remy)  Sat 6 Aug 94 14:11

 Monday August 1st Selim Vural from Woodstock '94 calls the WELL.
 Jeff takes call, hands of to Teresa after saying "I'll go!"
 Danica gets details, runs it by a few people.  We all say yes!
 Everyone in the Studio starts to worry but we know that this will
 push us to complete many spinning ideas by August 12th.  Bruce says "If it
 can't be done it 2 weeks its not worth doing"
 Yikes, we all hold our breath and.......
 Websters, Anna, Gail, M, and a fleet of others begin to tackle the
 the issues. What are they?  Like we have time to post ;-)

woodstock.4.2: David Gans (tnf)  Sat 6 Aug 94 23:04

 Danica calls to ask if I would like to go to Woodstock.  Hm, interesting
 idea, but I'm getting married in five weeks, and Rita's birthday is that
 Sunday, so... I agree to host the conference from my armchair Woodstock.
 I gleefully inform Danica that a mutual friend of ours is working on the
 production team backstage as Woodstock and I give her his number...

woodstock.4.3: gimme an "F"! (reva)  Sun 7 Aug 94 08:10

 Gans says "Wanna cohost this Woodstock conference?"
 I says "Love to!"
 There you have it.

woodstock.4.4: Gail Williams (gail)  Sun 7 Aug 94 11:57

 Heh!  just about... in between, Maurice calls me and Phil into a meeting
 Tuesday morning and asks who from the support or conferencing staffs should
 go to Woodstock if this can be arranged.  I think about the terrific
 workload we've got piled up, hesitate for half a sec, and then say "We've
 got to send M."  Maurice tells me to ask her if she can go, and see if we
 actually sign the contract before announcing this is happening.  I call M
 into my little office and ask her if she'd be interested in making some WELL
 and World Wide Web space collaboratively with people on the Woodstock site.
 She immediately agrees. Within an hour we're making notes for each other
 about how to configure the demo accounts, and what would be easy for
 newcomers who want to tell their own truths and make their own myths.
 We hear that a CD-ROM is already planned from the festival, and Danica tells
 us that our interwoven words from theis conference, and contributions mailed
 to, can become part of the future fossil record for this
 time in our culture.
 We make up this conference directory, and get Pete and Bryan on the case for
 a way to have visitors confirm they grant permission to release to the web,
 and republish. We start inviting people to seed the bed for the conference.
 It germinates and springs up!

woodstock.4.5: otis (nycjag)  Mon 8 Aug 94 07:34

 Wow! This is a real rush being here!

woodstock.4.6: on the other side of the sun (miga)  Mon 8 Aug 94 11:27

 Yeah!  I'm excited.  This is going to be great!  So I wrote up a basic
 command card to hand out to the people at the festival, explaining how to
 read and post.  And I did a little brainstorming about the conference,
 though we all agree that it should be driven by the people at Woodstock as
 much as possible.  So we're opening up Friday!  I can't wait!!

woodstock.4.7: Virtuality *is* its own Reward  (gail)  Wed 10 Aug 94 21:08

 Our intrepid team has flown out and landed safe and sound...!

woodstock.4.8: on the other side of the sun (miga)  Wed 10 Aug 94 23:54

 And has managed to log on from the site!  Greetings from Saugerties!  ;)

woodstock.4.9: David Gans (tnf)  Wed 10 Aug 94 23:56

 How's the weather, Milhous?

woodstock.4.10: otis (nycjag)  Thu 11 Aug 94 05:51

 Have fun you guys! Lots of it!

woodstock.4.11: editorial comment (green)  Thu 11 Aug 94 09:36

 Please describe the physical layout! (Of course, we'll see it on Good
 Morning America! 8^|)
 I remember that there was a woods (with very strange directional signs
 postd on the trees) that you would reach by facing the stage, walking about
 halfway back to the hilltop which marked the edge of the "audience" and
 going to your left. Past the forest was the big field with the big standup
 swing you see in the movie (teepee shaped), then past that were the
 toilets, then past that was the free food and then just past that was the
 hogfarm hill, with its own little stage where there was truly charming
 stuff happening the whole time - and it was so much less frantic that
 that's where I stayed. (One night the little hill that led down to the
 hogfarm stage - with the bus ' further' parked behind it - was covered with
 hippies holding the candles that hogfarm handed out).
 What's the layout this time?

woodstock.4.12: on the other side of the sun (miga)  Thu 11 Aug 94 10:16

 The weather has been surprisingly cool... though it is beginning to warm up
 today.  I haven't been over the site yet but the map makes it look ENORMOUS.
 It is in beautiful wooded countryside and there are murals painted on a
 fence that runs along the road leading into the site - lots of different
 artists did them, and they're really cool!  I'll check out the rest of the
 place later.  The people here [mostly workers and volunteers now] are so
 friendly and cool.  It's fun to show them what we do here!

woodstock.4.13: Ground Control to Major M (bb)  Thu 11 Aug 94 10:17

 Congrats!  Sorry my weather forecast was a litte on the warm side.
 Here's today's guess...
 1109 AM EDT THU AUG 11 1994

woodstock.4.14: WEILAND 2 (wstock5)  Thu 11 Aug 94 10:30

 It's totally radical up here. You get two choices on where to sleep, bunks
 or under the stars. For having rules against drinking or drugs,they aren't
 being enforced too strongly. I'm only working concessions,and the company we
 came up with is so disorganized. If we have to wait one more day for
 schedules,we're going to freak. We're getting a T-SHIRT and $6.00-7.50 an
 hour,so it's not that bad.

woodstock.4.15: otis (nycjag)  Thu 11 Aug 94 11:27

 who is up there suing the wstock accounts? are people already there? (fans)
 or are these workers unrelated to the well?

woodstock.4.16: Shagford (wstock4)  Thu 11 Aug 94 11:50

 Well Im here the consession. The Woodstock '94 Pizza Co., to be exact.
 Come buy Pizza!  Umm, good...   :^)
 Pizza, Love, and Rock & Roll forever.
 Love ya all,

woodstock.4.17: James Waldrop (sulam)  Thu 11 Aug 94 11:59


woodstock.4.18:    (ernie)  Thu 11 Aug 94 12:05

 Hey, was that you in the Times this morning?

woodstock.4.19: on the other side of the sun (miga)  Thu 11 Aug 94 12:09

 Today there are people here working concessions and other stands, also
 volunteers and setup crew.  I think local people can get passes and many
 have volunteered to help out here.  It's wild for them to see all this where
 there used to be just fields.  Anyway, everyone here is psyched to
 participate, so we're letting 'em rip!

woodstock.4.20: otis (nycjag)  Thu 11 Aug 94 12:11

 cool! you guys have a digital camera? that would be cool...

woodstock.4.21: You flew to me (jmsommer)  Thu 11 Aug 94 12:45

 Is SUN Microsystems contributing equipment to the Well's booth, since the
 well now runs on SUN?  or did the someone else provide equipmnet?  enquiring
 minds want to know :)

woodstock.4.22: editorial comment (green)  Thu 11 Aug 94 12:46

 who from the well's there physically?

woodstock.4.23: Brian Battuello (bb)  Thu 11 Aug 94 12:55

 M Normal, Danica Remy, Anna Couey, Miko Matsumura and John Cho.  ^bb^

woodstock.4.24: Much 2 young for Woodstock 1 (isaac)  Thu 11 Aug 94 13:09

 cool! I missed the first one, but here I am! well, virtually.

woodstock.4.25: Danica Remy (wstock1)  Thu 11 Aug 94 13:39

 Sun donated a sparc10 for the local server on site (thank you Mike Clary &
 John Gage) then they sent us this awesome networking guy Frank Whikham to
 get his
 sun server working as our router.
 We will up date the pages tonight while we sleep to the WELL WWW server.
 conference should be up on
 there is a site map up on the WWW server with ourt location CLEARLY marked
 check it out!
 EMI gave us the local ppp connection.
 The Guys from Internet World are guiding traffic in the booth.
 street artists are painting panels with pictures of people.
 Photos will be up on the server tonight with more details.

woodstock.4.26: The Next Generation (mglito)  Thu 11 Aug 94 13:40

 Boy, do I wish I had Mosaic now...

woodstock.4.27: gimme an "F"! (reva)  Thu 11 Aug 94 14:45

 You and me both!
 So you guys there are under a tent, or what? Are you gonna be operating
 round the clock? Are you gonna be able to hear the MUSIC from where you

woodstock.4.28: Danica Remy (wstock2)  Thu 11 Aug 94 15:18

 Under a tent and phots will be up later tonight.  You can get to them
 using lynx if you don't have mosiac.
 Yes under a pointed tent.
 Round the clock?  Wheil this crew is going to sleep tonight to make up
 for the setup times last night and then we are going to try the all nighter
 on Saturday.
 Yes, we will be able to hear the music even over all these generators.
 Actually M slept next to the generator at about 4pm EST so as to drown
 out the sound of this skill saws going next to our heads.  ummm!

woodstock.4.29: Hoover Chan (hchan)  Thu 11 Aug 94 15:48

 How are you folks connected to the Net? Modem/SLIP/PPP or 56kbps?
 This is exciting.

woodstock.4.30: Jennifer Powell (jnfr)  Thu 11 Aug 94 17:41

 Are the photos for Mosaic only, or will you have some GIFs for us?
 Hello to all WELLstaff and others out there....have a great time, and tell
 us everything!

woodstock.4.31: gail williams  (gail)  Thu 11 Aug 94 17:49

 It's possible to set up the website for easy download of imagaes using
 !lynx from the WELL... check it out!

woodstock.4.32: on the other side of the sun (miga)  Thu 11 Aug 94 18:11

 Right...  typing  !lynx  will connect you via
 lynx [you need to have terminal emulation set, like vt-100]
 You can get the images that way.

woodstock.4.33: Brian Battuello (bb)  Thu 11 Aug 94 18:31

 The whole WELL staff was just around my terminal, checking out the images.
 Totally, totally awesome.  Great stories, great pix.  Looks like everyone
 but Mujibar and Serijul are there.
 Do you have time to get any more pix outside the tent, to give us an idea
 what the area looks like?  How's the weather holding out?  Didn't hear
 anyone complaining too much.
 We're all here with you guys.  Keep it coming!!!   ^bb^

woodstock.4.34: editorial comment (green)  Thu 11 Aug 94 19:47

 yow, easy enough - just downloaded a map.gif - haven't viewed it yet. Where
 are the other pictures?

woodstock.4.35: Davis McPherson (davism)  Thu 11 Aug 94 21:59

 this is kool...just got Mosaic up on my workstation at work last
 week...what a great way to learn how use it ! :-)

woodstock.4.36: yo dude. (wstock1)  Fri 12 Aug 94 09:20

 this is my first time at woodstock.  I live in Kingston so its weird to
 actully take the time and see so many people who are from outside the area.

woodstock.4.37: editorial comment (green)  Fri 12 Aug 94 09:52

 are accts wstock1-5 just open accts for people to use from the festival, or
 are they single individual people?

woodstock.4.38: David Gans (tnf)  Fri 12 Aug 94 10:06

 Open accounts.

woodstock.4.39: The Next Generation (mglito)  Fri 12 Aug 94 10:55

 So we don't ever REALLY know who they are, huh?  (Unless *they* tell us)

woodstock.4.40: on the other side of the sun (miga)  Fri 12 Aug 94 11:13

 Well, each time anyone types  respond  it automatically asks "What's your
 handle" and has them put in a pseud.  We can't make thousands of temp
 accounts, it'd be total chaos.  ;)
 they are linked by number to a specific terminal here in da tent.

woodstock.4.41: Groovy galabonzo (wstock1)  Fri 12 Aug 94 11:44

 How amny are being excluded from this event because of a lack of funds? What
 does the mass greed of corporations say to us as a society?  The people here
 arent as dangerous as the authorities that are raking in all of our cash.
 One word. Everything here is geared to pull money out of our pockets. Peace
 ,Love and Mastercard dude!

woodstock.4.42:  (wstock1)  Fri 12 Aug 94 11:52

 easy to say, but the music ain't  started yet!    the immense amount of
 talent booked has me jazzed, regardless of the dinero vacuums.

woodstock.4.43: wasn't there, but was alive (jrc)  Fri 12 Aug 94 12:13

 Yo groovy galabonzo: the universe is designed to pull money from your
 pokcet. You're just in a high-energy nexus.

woodstock.4.44: Mad Hatter (airman)  Fri 12 Aug 94 12:16

 Or a strange attractor :-)

woodstock.4.45: Fuzzy Logic (phred)  Fri 12 Aug 94 13:33

 Or a sales pitch attractor!

woodstock.4.46: chew (wstock2)  Fri 12 Aug 94 14:00

 TV will rot your mind!!!!!! Be Young Have fun smoke reefer!

woodstock.4.47: John Ross (johnross)  Fri 12 Aug 94 19:23

 For those of us on the other end of the continent, what's been the impact of
 this thing on neighboring towns? Does my uncle in Woodstock have people in
 his barn?

woodstock.4.48: Dan Levy (danlevy)  Fri 12 Aug 94 20:28

 I have no idea what the impact is.  When I got here last night, we hit
 absolutely NO traffic driving in from Manhattan.  It's very crowded  here.  Campsites are remote in the extreme and kinda hard to find.

woodstock.4.49: video (wstock2)  Fri 12 Aug 94 20:49

 yea, i know. i had to search for an hour for a campsite

woodstock.4.50: on the other side of the sun (miga)  Fri 12 Aug 94 21:16

 So today, by popular request, we got EMAIL up and running!  We got many
 requests from people who wanted to be able to send email to their friends,
 but we didn't have a good way to do it.  Pei, Phil, and Gail put together a
 mailer program that adds a letterhead and tailing note...  here's the first
 From woodstock Fri Aug 12 12:01:39 1994
 Date: Fri, 12 Aug 1994 12:01:36 -0700
 From: WELL Woodstock Festival 
 Content-Type: text
 Content-Length: 1587
 HELLO from
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 Hi, M!  I think it will work!  Pei and Phil set up the
 Here's how it looked for me:
 Ok (type a command):!mail
 Enter the address(s) you wish to send mail to ->
     (separated by commas, hit return to end)
 Editing...(control-D as the beginning of a line to end)
 Enter message, command, or :? for help
 The above message was sent from the WELL's onsite WOODSTOCK Internet Center.
 We're not able to handle personal replies to this open-mic email account,
 but if you'd like to contribute your comments or greetings to our Internet
 archive for possible reproduction in CD-ROM or other media, please email  If you have a WELL account, log on and g woodstock.
 If you don't have a WELL account, telnet and log on as guest,
 or use the URL:   Enjoy!
 To report problems or abuse of this experiment, mail
 And not only that, but John has made a Woodstock channel on IRC and is taking
 people in. ANd the phones are ringing!

woodstock.4.51:    (ernie)  Fri 12 Aug 94 21:20

 How do you get to the Woodstock IRC?

woodstock.4.52: Dr. Squidley (wstock5)  Fri 12 Aug 94 21:36

 So here it is somewhere late on Friday, and after a 25 year
 wait......Woodstock arrives. Incredible.  "But it isn't going to be anything
 like the old one"...HA......Hope not, they were wet for all of it...Me, I'm
 here dry and on the net...hee hee hee......Saturday at the north stage is
 going to be the day......anyway.....back to the music fest, wish you were
 here...and after reading all the mail, bet you wish you were to
 if you want all the gory details, to after Monday......

woodstock.4.53: editorial comment (green)  Fri 12 Aug 94 21:46


woodstock.4.54: Danica Remy (wstock3)  Fri 12 Aug 94 21:58

 Huh?  arent' there, well we are so tired we are all not here...

woodstock.4.55: Nobody (wstock1)  Fri 12 Aug 94 22:55

 what i'm trying to do here is to practice my typing, because
  that is relly an important skill these dasy

woodstock.4.56: Much[322YoungforWoodstock1 (isaac)  Fri 12 Aug 94 23:04


woodstock.4.57: marlene ryan-gagg (wstock5)  Fri 12 Aug 94 23:31

 Jack wish you were here at Woodstock 94  a bit different then 69 but we did
 it we made it see you soon love, marlene

woodstock.4.58: Danica Remy (wstock1)  Sat 13 Aug 94 10:38

 We/john actually converted 3 stations here in the tent to do IRC.  we have
 people posting back and forth live with a crew on the woodstock channel.
 we all needed a break nad IRC is less work for all of us.
 More page building later in the day.

woodstock.4.59: on the other side of the sun (miga)  Sat 13 Aug 94 10:56

 Yeah, IRC was a big hit last night!

woodstock.4.60: J Matisse Enzer (matisse)  Sat 13 Aug 94 12:04

 Hey guys - cool stuff.
 I'll be doing my basic "Internet 101" class here in San Francisco 
 tomarrow, from 1pm-5pm, our time (4pm - 8pm your time) and I will 
 defintely show the WELL-woodstock stuff during that class. (It'll be my 
 best chance to actually spend some timelooking at it all - I have just 
 been so busy lately...)
 I'll try and get some folks at the class to post some reactions to what 
 they see, so we'll have people in San Francisco reading stuff created at 
 Woodstock, and responding to it...  If I can, I will be videotaping some 
 of this, so that we may be able to use it later for something or other...
 The weather here in San Fran has been amazing these last days. Truly glad 
 to be alive in this area.
 Fromwhat we see on MTV, y'all are having a fine time there. 
 Smiles and blessings,

woodstock.4.61: Danica Remy (wstock5)  Sat 13 Aug 94 12:13

 Reports are that rain is on it's way.  Major rain.  WE have scored a bag of
 oops that a box of plastic bags and have ripped them up to cover all the
 machines from the rain that will mostlikley pour thru the holes in our tent.
 bagged up and duct taped all the electrical outlets that asre out side of
 our tent.  It's really hot and sweaty here!  Lots of mud people walking in
 and out of our tent.

woodstock.4.62: gimme an "F"! (reva)  Sat 13 Aug 94 12:19

 I was wondering about that! The SF _Chronicle_ had a big picture of the mud
 people this morning, and I wondered whether any of 'em were getting into

woodstock.4.63: Conceived at Woodstock? NOT! (mglito)  Sat 13 Aug 94 12:48

 Beware the MUD PEOPLE!!!! :-)

woodstock.4.64: Alan Turner (arturner)  Sat 13 Aug 94 14:24

 It's rained all day here (Ithaca), chances are you all are next.

woodstock.4.65: midnight writer (tm,tn,all copyright reserved) (wstock5)  Sat 13 Aug 94 16:48

 generation x
 help ive fallen into a moshpit and i cant find my way back to the place that
 i was before. can you find my friend, i lost him when blind melon performed.
 regardless,,maybe he will have the common sence to meet me at the car in 2
 days,...maybe not.

woodstock.4.66: Howard Rheingold (hlr)  Sat 13 Aug 94 18:10

 The Woodstock Uncertainty Principle

woodstock.4.67:    (ernie)  Sat 13 Aug 94 19:04

 I'm not so sure about that

woodstock.4.68: pimp (wstock2)  Sun 14 Aug 94 08:31

 love, peace, harmony, and where is my fucking tent?

woodstock.4.69: wild thing (wstock2)  Sun 14 Aug 94 08:36

 yea made it through another trip not married yet!

woodstock.4.70: Bulgur & Wheatgrass & Windham Hill Songs (mglito)  Sun 14 Aug 94 12:15

 That's right, guys, just post all that stuff anywhere, it don't matter ;-)

woodstock.4.71: Danica Remy (wstock2)  Sun 14 Aug 94 16:47

 Hey, tnf and reva how you holding up?  I was in IRC and someone was checking
 up on you both.  What's the haps from the armchairs?

woodstock.4.72: We must be in HEAVEN, man! (tnf)  Sun 14 Aug 94 20:49

 Reva and I spent the day participating in a fabulous treasure hunt, driving
 around San Francisco in a van with five other pals.  We took second place,
 having solved all 16 clues and having arrived ONE MINUTE after the winning
 team.  We had a ball!
 Managing this conference has been fun, and not exactly hard work.  Staying
 online all day yesterday was sort of a drag since the weather was awesome
 around here, but I got a lot of other things done in between enjoying the
 woodstock action.  I've seen about enough of MTV to last me a while, though.

woodstock.4.73: miga (wstock1)  Sun 14 Aug 94 21:22

 Heh!  I've seen enough mud to last me a while!  We're packing up, Peter
 Gabriel is playing and we have one computer still logged on for the last few
 postings and mail messages.  Boy are we tired.  Miko is working on getting
 today's stuff up on the web and we're all hoping they let us on the plane
 with all our muddy gear. It's been intense - we made over 300 scrapbook
 pages andf had quite a few folks who stopped by regularly to check into the
 conference.  It was also great having Jordan, Dan, Hewitt and Matt hanging
 around and helping us out.  Yeah!  Well I better go help finins off the
 packing, just checking in.  d;)
 - M

woodstock.4.74: gimme an "F"! (reva)  Sun 14 Aug 94 21:49

 I'm amazed by the energy and the activity level here! You guys did a great
 job. I'm looking forward to hearing more tales from you when you're back and
 rested. I sure had fun with this -- it gave me some new insights into how
 the medium can be stretched and tweaked and adapted to different sets of
 dynamics -- and I hope you sitefolks did, too.
 Have a safe trip home, all of you.

woodstock.4.75: Danica Remy (remy)  Sun 14 Aug 94 22:36

 Pray to the internet goddess, may our van make it thru the crowds!

woodstock.4.76: Brian Battuello (bb)  Mon 15 Aug 94 08:10

 Go (and return) with Gopod.   Fantastic job.  ^bb^

woodstock.4.77: well's cargo (dlee)  Mon 15 Aug 94 09:42

 You guys did great!  Done us all right proud!

woodstock.4.78: gail williams  (gail)  Mon 15 Aug 94 09:51

 Yes, awesome expedition.

woodstock.4.79: Brian Battuello (bb)  Mon 15 Aug 94 14:24

 And the team has safely returned, M just checked in from SFO.
 Sounds like a WWII prison-camp escape movie, 4am departure, sneaking
 under the fences and through the mud to meet the resistance van waiting
 in the woods, rushed to the airport to catch the last flight out of New
 York city.

woodstock.4.80: Fumihiko "Miko" Matsumura (miko)  Wed 17 Aug 94 14:45

 Brilliant observation.
 I swear it was about 90 seconds between me finally pulling the plug on 
 our hub, grabbing it and getting (running) to the waiting limo. 
 It was a "just in time" getaway. I even left two pairs of clean socks on 
 the countertop (oops) in my haste to make the flight.
 Actually, the traffic ended up being so sparse at 4:00 in the morning 
 that we had time to go to a car wash, and we all cleaned the mud off our 

woodstock.4.81: on the other side of the sun (miga)  Wed 17 Aug 94 15:17

 With the high-pressure hose!  And considered ourselves lucky to have the
 opportunity.  :)  I thought it went great, we had rock solid support from
 the home team and the away team worked wonders too!  Gopod was definitely
 with us.

woodstock.4.82: Has Hendrix Played Yet? (mglito)  Wed 17 Aug 94 16:51

 Great work all!  (I know, I just said that, but what the hell, I'll say it
 again! :-)

Italic footnote comments made February 2001.

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