[WWI] How and when

Ernest Thomas reason108 at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 9 17:16:41 EDT 2020

I'm thinking it had to be in late '95/early '96? My daughter wasn't two years old yet. Maybe not even one.
My now ex wife decided we had to have a computer, with internet access.  I was agreeable to this because I had the
Eduard Hannover in my kit stash, didn't know anything about it, and had heard the internet was a good place to learn about stuff.
So I got a good deal on a new computer that some poor schlub had brought home, and died before opening the boxes.
I connected everything, plugged it in, turned things on, set up an Internet Explorer acct through the phone company, opened
something called a Browser, typed in Hannover CL.II, and immediately found the WWI Modeling Page.
Without actually knowing what I was doing, I managed to subscribe to something called a mailing list from that site.
I was impressed with this internet stuff. On my first cast, I found a veritable goldmine of WWI Aviation esoterica.
It was great. Up until some Argentine bastard showed up with funnier jokes than mine.

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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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