[WWI] How and when

Bob Pearson bpearson at citytel.net
Mon Mar 9 14:49:35 EDT 2020

I think March or April 1997 was when I joined.  I’m not sure how I found it .. possibly from either Brad Gossen or David Layton. One of the very first messages I saw was from Matt Bittner commenting on my first article for OTF.


From: Diego Fernetti 
Sent: Monday, March 09, 2020 11:30 AM
To: World War I Modeling Mailing List 
Subject: [WWI] How and when

Thanks to a few offlist messages today, I thought that the WW1 Modelling website and its mailing list are the oldest habits I keep while navigating the internet.

Since I started visiting the website, the connection to the digital world has changed a lot, as we all know it too well.
Early on, hooking up into the net meant a quite defined purpose in mind even before the "scream of a thousand robots" on the phone line meant we were ready to surf. I learned of the WW1 modelling website by a link PRINTED in a bloody magazine page! I duly followed the arcane words (curses?) and after a series of loading backgrounds, links and whatnot I finally could see the index page, sprinkled with little Albatrosen. Opening a single image in the Gallery meant a lot of patience with my slow internet connection of 1996! And of course, the mailing list archives.... what was that? Who were Sandy Adam, Lee Mensinger and John Impenna? What kind of creature was a Weier? It took me more than a year of learning the ropes to actually subscribe to the mailing list, which meant an average of 80 daily emails on my inbox!

So, how did you discovered this website and the mailing list? And when was that?
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