Happy Anniversary to Me

I suddenly had one of those “just as you’re trying to get to sleep” distracting thoughts last night — as of this year, I have been on the internet participating in message boards and online forums for twenty years.

I think I’ll have to lie down before I think about that again. That was before the web, when we used VAX and text-based interfaces. Ah, memories.

12 Responses to “Happy Anniversary to Me”

  1. David Oakes Says:

    Scary, isn’t it?

    Now add in three kids…

  2. Vito Delsante Says:

    Happy Anniversary, Johanna

  3. tangognat Says:

    Wow. Happy Anniversary!

  4. Ian Brill Says:

    Happy anniversary to one of the best.

  5. Lyle Says:

    Wow. Happy anniversary!

  6. Lea Says:

    Shoot, and I thought I was something because I had my ten-year webiversary December 2005, and my 15th year online anniversary this past February.

    All hail CLI and no threading!

  7. James Schee Says:


    I was trying to figure out how long I’ve been online, you were the DC Online moderator on AOL at the time.

  8. Rachel Says:

    Congratulations on your ‘versary! Wow. 20 years. You veritably baby-sat the Internet in its infancy, didn’t you? Hmm, I only came on board aroun ’96. So it has been ten years only for me.

  9. Matthew High Says:

    Through the miracles of Google archives, I can actively trace my participation on the internet message boards back sixteen years. A few weeks back, with the news that Martin Wagner of Hepcats “fame” was planning on bringing the series back in webcomics format, I went back and dug up some of some of my old posts on the subject. This one is from Oct. 1991:


    Some of the stuff I wrote on the ‘net was interesting, some of it boring, lots of it stupid — hey, I was young! And all of it is archived for eternity. For a short while there, I was the official net news source for Hepcats. There are some messages from before then, dating back to late 1990 — the very first message, with my name attached to it, that is archived at Google is just me asking to be “subcribed” to rec.arts.comics, sixteen years ago. Back when I was still a young kid in college, typing on those damned green-glowing VT100 terminals. There may be some older stuff floating around (I did participate in a couple of non-newsgroups discussion groups before that date), but not by much.

    Believe it or not, Johanna, your only one of two people that I know from Trinity U (the other person is Joe Rosales). I’m terrible at keeping in touch with people, and I wonder where some of them have ended up, all these years later.

  10. Brigid Alverson Says:

    Congratulations, Johanna! I love your site–it’s definitely one of the more constructive uses of the internet.

    I’m married to a physicist (15 years!) and we used to send e-mail back and forth when we were dating. We used Bitnet, and I would send him an e-mail and watch it bounce from node to node on its way to him. I also remember him getting all excited about one of the early web browsers, Mosaic maybe, and my sister and I rolling our eyes because it took so long to show a single image. At the time I thought it was entertaining but pointless. Shows what I know.

  11. Mark Says:

    congrats from me too!!

    I’m not a web pioneer (surfing the web since 98), so unfortunately I can’t tell of any fond memories from the very beginning. I just started using the web when I went to university, before that I could always do without using a pc. Funny that I find it hard to imagine not having a pc and the web at my disposal nowadays.
    For the site I’d like to say that it’s very good you’re doing it, Johanna, cause it gives one a view on comic related stuff that’s hard to find anywhere else and you really seem to care about the things you post.
    so I always enjoy checking by.

  12. Johanna Says:

    Thanks very much for the good wishes, everyone! This year will also be the 7th anniversary of this site (under the comicsworthreading.com URL), which means copper (traditional — and isn’t that used in computer chips) or a desk set (um…).

    Rachel, the internet long predates me, but I’ve pretty much seen the web grow up.

    Matt, some day we’ve GOT to have an in-person reunion! Just Saturday I went to a baby shower for another Trinity grad and caught up with several other alums — do you remember Vivian and Xandria?

    Brigid, ah, bitnet. And bang addresses! Such memories.

    Here’s to many more! (clink)




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