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 Posted:   Mar 27, 2015 - 8:19 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Or something like that. This month, according to my reckoning, marks 17 years of posting, replying, lurking, etc. i.e. stirring up mayhem in general at this old film music public square.

--Look at this, I've already got to revise that statement, I just found a hard copy of a post a month earlier. I've been holding to March/1998 as the launch point but it could have been late '97. Even earlier? Oh well, you get the idea.

Where were you in '97-'98?

Man, I was in my early 40s and now I'm pushing...ugh. Never mind. But I was barely out of my teens when I discovered Tony Thomas in the local library. And the next decade brought MUSIQUE FANTASTIQUE: A Survey of Film Music in the Fantastic Cinema (Randall D. Larson, 1985), which spawned a letter to and a nice reply from Mr. Larson. Then a decade after that and a library in another state brought LISTENING TO MOVIES: A Film Lover's Guide to Film Music (Fred Karlin, 1994), which referenced something called Film Score Monthly. The obligatory letter ensued to the latter's publisher, some college kid in an Amherst dorm.

There had to be letters. There was no one to talk to about film music. And then a couple years later, I'm at work when they announce access to the Internet has been added. So the next day, during a break, I pull out Internet for Dummies (yep, the library!) and it took maybe twenty minutes to catch on. Armed with a sole address, I locked and loaded, clicked, and the rest, as they say, is...

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2015 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

big grin big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2015 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

Never thought about it but will look up. Though to me it's when I created a log in. My true anniversary if could find its is either first posting rec.music.movies or music.movies on the ole Usenet.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2015 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Actually, Howard, I believe the first "tree-shape" incarnation of the board was added as a feature in late 1997, maybe as late as December. Although I had subscribed to the magazine since 1996 and known about FSM even before the site, I started lurking and eventually posting during the spring of 1998 (while I was in the army). Curiously, I can't remember having seen your name untill 1999 or thereabouts. Maybe we just weren't hanging in the same threads.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2015 - 6:34 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

winkBack at'cha, Mr. Reeves. Ha! The esteemed Mr. Holgate lived fairly close to Yours Truly in my pre-FSM days. It was somewhere between New York and Pennsylvania. One day he stepped into my workplace but I hadn't noticed and only found out later when the boss told me. Boss didn't know anything about the guy, naturalLEE. Good that I wasn't aware, probably would've made a maroon of myself.roll eyes

And Thor, I figured we came here at around the same time. It's hard to believe but you may be right that it may have been a year before we mutually indulged ourselves in heavy threads. Personally, I was pretty much in awe of the film score universe that just kept expanding with each passing week. Seems to me we all were in a feeling-out process trying to get a handle on this 'strange' hobby of ours. And getting used to conversing with like-minded hobbyists on a scale unimaginable before the Net. We were finding out we weren't alone anymore and it was taking getting used to!

Re subscribing to the magazine, do you recall the early black-and-white issue with everyone's top ten "desert island" picks?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2015 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

It feels like I've known some of you guys here for centuries. I lurked here in 98 but didn't become active until 99

What mad uncharted days those were.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2015 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Oh you have a talent for understatement, Timmer! Weaving our way in and out of that prototypical "tree-shape" design seems to correlate to early navigating of the Net by novices in general, certainly in my case. I think I was using Netscape (gee, what's that?) And do you remember our first troll, way before they were called that? It was the infamous entity [cue organist], Latham...Conger...the Third eek...

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2015 - 9:57 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Howard, I should send you a Happy Anniversary card!! I came, I think, in the fall of 1999. Those were good days.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2015 - 3:16 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Re subscribing to the magazine, do you recall the early black-and-white issue with everyone's top ten "desert island" picks?

Absolutely. Lukas may correct me on this, but I think the first coloured version of the magazine was the STAR WARS issue in mid 1997?

In any case, in the late 90s I bought all back issues prior to my first subscribed magazine (the TAKING OF PELHAM issue from 1996) from an American collector, in addition to a bunch of other magazines. It was quite amusing to read the first few one-page newsletters to 11 subscribers around the world in 1990.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2015 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

We should get LK & Co. to do a one-shot comeback issue a la ST:TMP.

 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2015 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)


I am a mere freshman compared to you Howard. A very impressive length of time indeed. Happy fanniversary.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2015 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   indyray   (Member)

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 Posted:   Mar 28, 2015 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Oh you have a talent for understatement, Timmer! Weaving our way in and out of that prototypical "tree-shape" design seems to correlate to early navigating of the Net by novices in general, certainly in my case. I think I was using Netscape (gee, what's that?) And do you remember our first troll, way before they were called that? It was the infamous entity [cue organist], Latham...Conger...the Third eek...

Indeedy! Wasn't there a Pluto too? And the most infamous of them all....Daniel 2.

Halcyon days! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2015 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

indyray, who are you to come into this nostalgic, fun topic and spew out such an ugly statement?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2015 - 3:01 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Howard L. you are a fucking fan fucker,thank you for that,you are a loser
and beside that,realy?


What the....?!?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2015 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   indyray   (Member)

what,s funny about the statement he made towards me Joan?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2015 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Like Thor, what the ?!? Juan?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2015 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

what,s funny about the statement he made towards me Juan?


Juan Huey?? it dont get no better!!

i smell a multiple user grinding an axe.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2015 - 4:23 PM   
 By:   indyray   (Member)

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 Posted:   Mar 28, 2015 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   indyray   (Member)

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