Message from the BLUES-L Founder (seriously!)
Thu Oct 25 20:11:03 EDT 2007
I've been here for just over a year. Have you met Maxdog? He's our current
(and wonderful) list mom, as they call him, along with (the also wonderful)
Welcome back! Here, come sit next to me and I'll introduce you to everyone...
>In a message dated 10/25/2007 5:50:22 P.M. Central Standard Time,
I don't go back quite that far, I think I joined in late 1993.
Changed e-mail accts a few times but I'm still here!
>>In a message dated 10/25/2007 5:35:48 P.M. Central Standard Time,
Hi! My name is Steve Greer and I founded the BLUES-L when I was in college
at Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania in the fall of 1992. E-mail
and the internet was new to me then and I started the list out of my new
college e-mail account, receiving all messages and editing them together
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 still
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 printouts
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 University
of California in San Diego in February of 1993. Soon after that, in early
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 our
intranet, and were considering charging us *per e-mail*, for both incoming
and outgoing messages in our mailboxes. Needless to say, this was a great
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 say
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 Fall
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.
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 original
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