Message from the BLUES-L Founder (seriously!)
Thu Oct 25 19:51:57 EDT 2007
You guys have me beat by a long ways. I think I joined first in 95 and
left during a particularly nasty flame war. I remember Ocky Milkman
well. I came back a couple of years later and managed to see the return
of Rick Edwards.
Leonard Watkins wrote:
> I think I joined the first day or so it seems - sure was fun
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob Unger" <email@example.com>
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> Subject: Re: Message from the BLUES-L Founder (seriously!)
>> Welcome back, Steve. I joined Blues-l in early '93 - I think Jacob
>> had just taken over when I joined.
>> To say Blues-L has been a roller coaster ride over the years would be
>> an understatement! I did go no-mail once for a few months .. about a
>> year or so ago - otherwise I've been reading the posts all these 14
>> years and have gained a wealth of knowledge about blues and met
>> many, many fantastic people on this list that I will never forget. I
>> remember the first blues-l "convention". I think about 10 of us met
>> up at the Chicago Blues Fest in '95. We've also had blues-l tapes
>> and CD's, t-shirts, fundraisers.... I never really thought about it,
>> but damn, we did a lot over the years on Blues-L.
>> Bob Unger
>> Steve Greer wrote:
>>> Hi! My name is Steve Greer and I founded the BLUES-L when I was in
>>> at Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania in the fall of 1992.
>>> and the internet was new to me then and I started the list out of my
>>> college e-mail account, receiving all messages and editing them
>>> into a daily digest, with an index and adding my commentary and notes.
>>> I haven't been involved in the blues-l much since then, but now I'm
>>> back on
>>> here and glad to see it's still going strong.
>>> I've been deeply into blues since high school in the mid-1980's, and
>>> am. Since I guess it's been over 15 years that I've been recording and
>>> filming live blues performances, as much for history's sake as
>>> anything. I
>>> currently live in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
>>> At the present I have a blues radio show on 91.1 FM, WRVU at Vanderbilt
>>> University here in Nashville. It's on the air from 8-10pm every Sunday
>>> night. You can stream the show over the internet at www.wrvu.org,
>>> and listen
>>> to the previous week's show by going to:
>>> http://wrvu.org/spoonful.ram. All
>>> of my past playlists (all 95 of them!) are available here:
>>> Recently I was cleaning out old boxes from storage and came across
>>> of probably all of the original blues digests, I'm not sure but I
>>> think I
>>> may have compiled and edited 100+ issues of the digest before I had
>>> to hand
>>> the list off to a successor. First it went to Valerie Polichar at
>>> of California in San Diego in February of 1993. Soon after that, in
>>> March of 1993 my list was combined with a blues list that Jacob
>>> Haller had
>>> recently started at Brown University. Until I handed it over to
>>> Valerie, I
>>> had no idea that it could be done automatically! Lucky for me
>>> because Grove
>>> City College was on to us, that is those of us who had figured out
>>> how to
>>> read newsgroups and connect our "internal" college e-mail outside of
>>> intranet, and were considering charging us *per e-mail*, for both
>>> and outgoing messages in our mailboxes. Needless to say, this was a
>>> cause of concern for me considering that I was then receiving sometimes
>>> hundreds of messages per day. That's when I found out about Jacob's
>>> list at
>>> Brown and we decided to merge both lists into the Blues-L in the
>>> Spring of
>>> 1993, soon before I graduated.
>>> So, I just wanted to say hello and revisit the past a bit. I have to
>>> that I'm very proud to have been one of the seeds of what is today's
>>> Blues-L, and I'm glad it's still going strong.
>>> I think I have all of my old digests. It looks like the server
>>> archives go
>>> back to January 1999. The original daily digest that I have would be
>>> 1992 trough Spring 1993. I'd be happy to arrange to add these to the
>>> archives, if someone could help me figure out the process.
>>> --Steve Greer
>>> P.S.--I just found a list of subscribers from 2/11/1993, there were 99
>>> subscribers at that time. Are there any of the late 1992/early 1993
>>> subscribers left?
>>> Also, I found this in the archives:
>>> HISTORY OF THE LIST IN ITS VARIOUS INCARNATIONS
>>> The original Blues Mailing List was started by Steve Greer out
>>> of his
>>> personal e-mail account at Grove City College. All entries were
>>> to him and he would personally compile a digest every day and
>>> send it
>>> out. This was in late October of 1992.
>>> Around the February of 1993, Steve's e-mail access took a nosedive.
>>> Fortunately, at the time Valerie Polichar at University of
>>> in San Diego offered to take over control of the list, and a more
>>> efficient, (and less time intensive for the operator) form of
>>> the list
>>> started up around March 1, 1993.
>>> Then around April 15, 1993, the current version of BLUES-L was
>>> started. Jake Haller was the instigator and he was not aware of
>>> ucsd list. A message was posted on the ucsd, and since the
>>> Brown list
>>> seemed to have more traffic, everyone moved over to the new list.
>>> Jake lost e-mail with his graduation over the summer of 1993,
>>> and the
>>> list has been run unofficially by nameless people at Brown.
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