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USBBS - A Memorial BBS List & Historical BBS Blog

A Memorial BBS List of Late BBS Operators (Sysops)
and
A Blog (of sorts) of Historical & Modern BBSing Odds & Ends
 
(Formerly The National BBS List of Bulletin Board Systems)
 
The Oldest Online Publication Of Any Kind
 
Published Online Since June, 1984
 
The USBBS List originated during the infancy of the online world in 1984 as the National BBS List. In 2013 it became a historical BBS blog, and memorial BBS list honoring those who have passed away who operated dial-up Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) in the '70s, '80s and '90s. These Sysops (System Operators) were early pioneers of the online community. They opened up the world of messaging, social networking, software downloads, group discussions, online chat, multi-player gaming and online commerce with both home and business computer users long before the World Wide Web appeared.
 
Also published on USBBS is the Time Warp Blog, a historical and modern collection of BBSing Odds & Ends. It contains pictures, screen shots and links related to USBBS and BBSing, funny and poignant tweets about BBSing, historical BBS related items recently for sale on online auctions, and other odds & ends.

 


Recent USBBS News:

April 5, 2014:
• The USBBS List (below) has been updated.
• Grins From Twitter updated (Time Warp Blog).
• Recent Online Auctions updated (Time Warp Blog).
USBBS 30th Anniversary Fun Fact (and hard to believe) - USBBS turns 30 in a couple of months!
 
February 20, 2014:
• The USBBS List (below) has been updated.
• Grins From Twitter updated (Time Warp Blog).
 
January 1, 2014:
• The USBBS List (below) has been updated.
• Time-Warp page renamed to Time Warp Blog. Added ability to leave comments after each new entry (this is work in progress, I'm attempting to make it more blog-like).
• Grins From Twitter updated (and again on 1-4-14) (Time Warp Blog).
• Recent Online Auctions updated (Time Warp Blog).

 



                                The USBBS List

                            April 5, 2014 Edition

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Sysop Name       Age  YoD    BBS Name(s)               BBS Location(s)
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Rodney Aloia      31  1997  The Index System           GA Atlanta

Wyatt Barbee      67  2012  The Splicer BBS            NJ Holmdel / HI Honolulu 

Thomas Bartlett   64  2010  Design One BBS             PA Erie

Julie Buerg       64  2006  Motherboard BBS            CA Petaluma

Vern Buerg        62  2009  Buerg Utils / VOR BBS      CA Daly City / Petaluma
 
Cai Campbell      45  2008  Great Gig BBS              WA Seattle  

Andre Chirino     35  2007  Universal Stronghold       LA Kenner / CA Ventura

Michael Cocke     49  2010  Hacker Cntrl/Central Core  NJ Montville

Mike Cohen        49  1991  Cloneworld BBS             NJ Matawan 

Tom Craver        27  1994  The Rainbow Zen BBS        MD Waldorf / Churchville

Dennis Cutburth   59  2010  Digital Tech               NJ Bayonne

Alan Finklestein %62  2010  Affinity BBS               MO St Louis

Meade Frierson    61  2001  USBBS Editor 88-92         AL Birmingham    

Dave Hacquebord   69  2010  Sunshine Board             FL Tampa   

Phil Katz         37  2000  PKWare BBS                 WI Glendale 

Artie Kohn        44  1991  The Backroom BBS           NY New York

Larry Kwiatkowski 58  1998 `Onipa`a BBS                HI Honolulu 

Dave Layte        69  2009  Dave's BBS                 MA Lowell

Tim Linehan       44  1987  Znode                      WA Olympia

Bill McCauley     51  2008  Records Dept BBS           CA Pleasonton

Jay Miner       # 62  1994  The Mission                CA Mountain View

Gary Murphy       53  2006  Ratz Nest BBS              TX Burleson  

Peter Nardi       86  2012  K-P Mini-Link              PA King of Prussia

Pete Olympia    * 62  2004  SUGI/SMUG/Darwin's BBS     MD Rockville/Gaithersburg

John Orwen        66  2013  Heart of the Country       NE Lincoln

Peter Paul        53  2004  Night Shift BBS            NY Staten Island

Bob Satti         49  2006  Basic'ly Computers         BC White Rock

Todd Sebastian    42  2012  Exit 37                    VA Blacksburg

Ross Smarekar     56  2010  Inner Circle BBS           TN Cleveland

Paul Schwarz    & 77  2013  Paul T's Place             TX Houston

Tony Stewart    + 33  2006  Data Stream                OH Cuyahoga Falls

Bill Sullivan   % 31  2010  Euphoria Online            PA Abington

Bob Walker        71  2006  McHenry BBS                IL McHenry



* USBBS Founder and Editor 1984-1988

& Recently Added  : 04-05-2014
% Recently Added  : 02-20-2014
# Recently Added  : 01-01-2014
+ Recently Added  : 12-16-2013


'Recently Added/Updated' annotations remain on the list for a month or two.

All information is submitted to the editor by members of the online community.
The editor has no additional information regarding a listing. Listings may be
submitted anonymously, so contributor information cannot be divulged. You may
use the "Submit a Memorial" feature to submit additions or corrections.


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About USBBS (as the National BBS List):

USBBS was a BBS list of PC Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) in the United States and Canada which began online publication in 1984. For the next twenty years it was the undisputed king of BBS lists for users of PC bulletin boards. This reputation and stature in the BBS community were due to efforts of its editors and many volunteers which consisted of Sysops, BBS users and even editors of other BBS lists, who all helped keep USBBS updated. From 2004 through 2011 USBBS received minor unannounced updates and tweaks. In 2011 the remaining BBS listings were removed and the site was revamped to serve as a historical marker. In 2013 it became a BBS list again honoring Sysops who have passed away, and a historical BBSing blog (of sorts).
 
The USBBS List contained BBS listings of:
 
* Systems with a Dial-up telephone number (from 1984).
* Systems with Dial-up and/or Telnet access (from 1997).
 
USBBS (as the National BBS List) had two missions:
 
(1) The first mission was to be a robust, up-to-date starting point for someone looking for a BBS to call. However it was not the ambition of the USBBS List to list every single BBS in existence or to include everything there was to know about a BBS which was listed. Such an attempt would have been futile at best. Additionally, BBSes were only added to USBBS by a BBS's Sysop or someone on their behalf. USBBS editors did not add seek out listings other than those submitted directly to them by the BBS community.
 
(2) The second mission was that USBBS was always an absolutely free service to the BBS community, both for BBS Sysops and for BBS users. There was never a charge for a BBS to be listed on the USBBS List, and there was never a charge for a BBS user to use the USBBS List.

 


USBBS Editors, BBS Sysops and Web Hosts:

Pete Olympia
Founder, Editor and Home BBS Sysop 1984-1988
 
Meade Frierson
Editor 1988-1992, Co-Editor 1986-1987
 
Robert Blacher  Home BBS Sysop 1988-1992
 
Bob Breedlove
Editor & Home BBS Sysop 1992-1997, Webmaster 1995-1997
 
Owen Hawkins, Tony McClenny, Mark Adkins  Remote Update Point Sysops 1992-1996
 
Brian & Tess Miller  Web Host 1995-1999
 
Roy Timberman   Web Host 1999-Present
 
Brent Yandell
Editor & Webmaster 1997-Present, Home BBS Sysop 1997-2004, Remote Update Point Sysop 1992-1997, USBBSDoor Author 1987-2004
 


USBBS Timeline:

1984: In June of 1984 Pete Olympia, USBBS founder and first editor, started the "RBBS List" as an online publication and download on SUGI SIG/M RBBS, a user-group BBS he operated. When Pete used the term "RBBS", he was usually referring to any Remote Bulletin Board System, much like we use "BBS" today. One of the very first and most used BBS software was RBBS-PC. Although most of the BBSes on early RBBS Lists ran RBBS-PC, it listed systems running other BBS software as well, and even listed non-DOS systems running on CP/M. Pete later started a BBS apart from SUGI and called it the Darwin BBS which became the new home of the list. The list was commonly called "Darwin's List" after the BBS name. Eventually the name of the list was changed to USBBS to more accurately reflect the scope of the list.
 
1985: Pete posted the following in a bulletin on his BBS in February of 1985:
 "I have watched RBBS-PC grow over the years, and I lamented the fact that 
  unlike RCP/M, no one bothered to organize and maintain a comprehensive and
  up-to-date list of RBBS's in the country. I knew that doing that is alot of 
  work, but someone had to do it. I "volunteered" to be that one. Thus, one of
  the important functions of the SUGI SIG/M RBBS is as a repository of the most
  complete and up-to-date RBBS list as a service to the entire RBBS community."
1986: Meade Frierson became a USBBS co-editor, handling many of the BBS verifications and all of the PC-Pursuit designations in USBBS. PC-Pursuit was a service of US Sprint which allowed callers to dial systems around the country for a flat monthly fee using Sprint's Telenet (not telnet) network. Users could dial into the Telenet network in one city then dial out on the modems in another city. PC-Pursuit was a big deal then, as long distance calling was still very expensive (by-the-minute) which discouraged or prevented callers from calling a BBS outside of their local calling area. Sprint's Telenet would later become known as Sprintlink, one of many networks which make up today's Internet.
 
1987: USBBSDoor 1.0 was released by Brent Yandell.
 
1988: Meade Frierson became the second USBBS editor. Robert Blacher dedicated a node of his Computer Connections BBS to being the USBBS home BBS. The number of systems listed in USBBS topped 1000.
 
1991: Meade began accepting USBBS updates at his Compuserve mail account, the first time USBBS was supported outside the traditional dial-up BBS world. Brent released QSUSBBS (QuickSearch USBBS), a utility distributed with USBBSDoor which Sysops could personalize with their BBS name and number, and callers could download and use to search and view USBBS offline.
 
1992: Bob Breedlove became the third USBBS editor. Bob added a news file to the USBBS archive, the first time USBBS was distributed with more than one file in the ZIP. The number of systems listed in USBBS topped 2000. The 100th edition of the USBBS List was published. Bob started Remote Update Points which were four BBSes around the USA where sysops could leave USBBS updates. The four Update Points were BBSes run by Mark Adkins, Owen Hawkins, Tony McClenny and Brent Yandell.
 
1993: The number of systems listed in USBBS topped 3000.
 
1994: USBBS 10th Anniversary USBBS became 10 years old. Bob began the USBBS List's first distribution on the Internet, first in Usenet then as a FTP download. He also added an Internet field to USBBS, which indicated Internet services the BBS offered (Email, Usenet, FTP, or Telnet). The number of systems listed topped 4000.
 
1995: Bob began the first USBBS web site under the Channel 1 BBS domain, with hosting space provided by Brian and Tess Miller. The URL was the Channel 1 domain name followed by the /usbbs/ directory designation.
 
1996: The number of listings topped 5000 in June. USBBS reached the thousands milestones from 2000 to 5000 all under Bob's care.
 
1997: Brent Yandell became the fourth USBBS editor and added a Telnet address field to the USBBS List for systems accessible via Telnet. A list viewing utility called USList was now distributed with each USBBS List edition.
 
1999: Brent obtained the "www.usbbs.org" URL, and moved the web site to hosting space provided by former Sysop Roy Timberman (Roy is still providing the hosting space for USBBS to this day). Web BBS Log-in addresses were added to the USBBS List.
 
2000: The Internet was taking its toll on BBSing and the number of active systems was in decline. To insure the inactive systems were removed from USBBS a successful volunteer program was instituted to deal with the issue where Sysops and BBS users contributed deletion info to the USBBS List.
 
2001: Meade Frierson, the USBBS List's second editor, passed away. The 200th edition of the USBBS List was published, in which Brent announced he had seriously considered making the 200th edition the last, but decided to keep going. An extended listing was offered to Sysops, which was a free web page advertisement for their BBS. It would have its own URL under the usbbs.org domain. The BBS's entry in the on-line edition would contain a link to the ad. No Sysops took advantage of this offer, indicating how seriously the lack of interest in BBSing was even among Sysops.
 
2002: The 215th edition in April would be the last monthly edition of USBBS. The Internet had really taken its toll on BBSes. As of edition 215, the USBBS List contained 609 entries, just slightly more than one-tenth of the over 5000 listings it once contained.
 
2004: USBBS 20th Anniversary Pete Olympia, USBBS founder and first editor, passed away. The 20th Anniversary Edition of USBBS was released. There were only 302 active Dial-up and Telnet BBSes listed now, 24 in Canada and 278 in the USA. 25 states would combine for only 52 listings, about 2 per state. Those numbers of course would only decline, and there were only a few new listings submitted over the next few months. The 20th anniversary edition would be the last time the grand 'ol USBBS List was published as a numbered, downloadable edition.
 
2011: From 2004 to 2011 the USBBS web pages continued to receive minor updates and tweaks and were still visited several thousand times per year. In 2011 the site was revamped as a historical site and the remaining BBS listings were removed. It contained a brief USBBS history and this time-line.
 
2013: Brent begins the Memorial USBBS List and Time Warp Blog, containing a listing of Sysops who have passed away, and a blog (of sorts) which contains a historical and modern collection of BBSing Odds & Ends such as pictures, screen shots and links related to USBBS and BBSing, funny and poignant tweets about BBSing, historical BBS related items recently for sale on online auctions, and other odds & ends.
 
2014: USBBS 30th Anniversary This year, the USBBS List will become 30 years old.
 


"You must love computing to be a Sysop. You also have to be crazy."

   -Pete Olympia, USBBS Founder

Bulletin Board System Memorial Candle

Published periodically as needed.
 
Memorial List Edition: 04-05-2014
 
Time Warp updated: 04-05-2014


The left side of this page contains the current USBBS Edition. The listing section of the page is retro designed to give an 80 character wide text file appearance, much like USBBS appeared in the eighties and nineties on a PC using a DOS text viewer. In those days the DOS screens were 80 text characters wide (as shown here) and 25 lines high (we'll skip the 25 line simulation).
 
You might also want to check out the Time Warp Blog section while you're here, there's some cool/cute stuff there. It's a page containing a historical and modern collection of BBSing Odds & Ends. This collection includes pictures, screen shots and links relating to USBBS and BBSing, funny and poignant tweets about BBSing, historical BBS related items that have recently been for sale on online auctions, and other odds & ends.
 
Thanks for visiting. I'm always very interested in hearing any comments or suggestions about the site, just click on Contact USBBS above to contact me.
 
Brent Yandell, USBBS Editor

 



"The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice."

   -Mark Twain

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