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The USBBS List - Memorial and Historical Edition|
A Memorial BBS List of Late BBS Operators (Sysops)
A Historical & Modern Collection of BBSing Odds and 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 is a publication which originated during the infancy of the online world
in 1984 as the national BBS List. It is now a memorial BBS list honoring those who have passed away who
operated dial-up Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) in the '70s, '80s and '90s. These
Sysops (System Operators), were early pioneers of the online community,
long before the World Wide Web appeared on the Internet. They opened up the world of messaging,
social networking, downloading software, group discussions, online chat,
multi-player gaming and online commerce with home and business computer users.
In keeping with the tradition of USBBS, the information is minimal
and provided by the online community. The intent is to be a memorial,
not an obituary, like a virtual wall where the names of those Sysops are
honored. It is fitting this virtual wall is built on the oldest active online
publication in existence, and a publication which has, of course, always been about BBSing.
The USBBS List
November 28, 2013 Edition
Sysop Name Age YoD BBS Name(s) BBS Location(s)
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
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
Ross Smarekar 56 2010 Inner Circle BBS TN Cleveland
Bob Walker 71 2006 McHenry BBS IL McHenry
* USBBS Founder and Editor 1984-1988
# Recently Added: 11-03-2013
% Recently Added: 11-28-2013
('Recently Added' notations remain on the list for about a month or so)
All information is submitted to the editor by members of the online community
and included on the list on a good-faith basis. The editor has no additional
information regarding a listing. Listings can be submitted anonymously, so
contributor information cannot be divulged. You may use the "Submit a Memorial'
feature on this site to submit additions or corrections.
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* About USBBS *
The USBBS List 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 over the years. The volunteers consisted of Sysops,
BBS users and even the editors of other BBS lists, all who helped keep USBBS
updated. From 2004 through 2011 USBBS maintained an online presence with minor
unannounced updates and tweaks. In 2011 the remaining BBS listings were removed
and the site was revamped to serve as a historical information site. In 2013 it
once again became a BBS list, honoring Sysops who have passed away.
The USBBS List contained listings of:
* Systems with a Dial-up telephone number (from 1984).
* Systems with Dial-up and/or Telnet access (from 1997).
The USBBS 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.
(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 *
Founder, Editor and Home BBS Sysop 1984-1988
Editor 1988-1992, Co-Editor 1986-1987
Home BBS Sysop 1988-1992
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
Web Host 1999-Present
Editor & Webmaster 1997-Present, Home BBS Sysop 1997-2004, Remote Update Point Sysop 1992-1997, USBBSDoor Author 1987-2004
* USBBS Timeline *
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 referring to any
Remote Bulletin Board System, much like we use the acronym 'BBS' today. One of
the very first BBS software packages of that time was RBBS-PC. Although most of
the BBS' 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.
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."
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.
USBBSDoor 1.0 was released by Brent Yandell.
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.
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 Sysop's could personalize with their BBS name and number, and callers
could download and use to search and view USBBS offline.
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.
The number of systems listed in USBBS topped 3000.
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 which Internet services the BBS offered, such as Email, Usenet,
FTP, or Telnet, The number of systems listed in USBBS topped 4000.
Bob began the first USBBS web site under the Channel 1 BBS domain,
with access and hosting space provided by Brian and Tess Miller. The URL was
the Channel 1 domain name followed by the /usbbs/ directory designation.
The number of listings topped 5000 in June. The USBBS List reached the
'thousands' milestones from 2000 to 5000 all under Bob's care.
Brent Yandell became the fourth USBBS editor and added a Telnet address
field to the USBBS List for systems accessible via Telnet. QSUSBBS (which had
been distributed with USBBSDoor) was replaced with a list viewing utility
called USLIST, which was now distributed with each USBBS List edition.
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.
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.
Meade Frierson, the USBBS List's second editor, passed away. The 200th
edition of the USBBS List was published. An 'extended listing' was offered to
Sysops, which was a free one-page web advertisement for their BBS. It would
have its own URL under the usbbs.org domain. The BBS's entry in the on-line
USBBS List would contain a link to the ad, and of course the Sysop could post
the URL with other advertising or postings they did. No Sysops took advantage
of this offer.
The 215th edition in April would be the last monthly edition of USBBS.
The Internet had really taken its toll on BBS's. As of edition 215, the USBBS
List contained 609 entries, just slightly more than one-tenth of the over 5000
listings it once contained.
Pete Olympia, USBBS founder and first editor, passed away. The 20th
Anniversary Edition of USBBS was released. There were now only 438 systems
listed and 136 of those had been flagged to be deleted for the next edition.
This would leave 302 listings, 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. Additionally there were only a few new listings submitted
over the next few months. Sadly the 20th anniversary publication of the USBBS
List would be the last time the grand 'ol USBBS List was published as a
numbered, downloadable edition.
From 2004 to 2011 the USBBS web pages continued to receive minor updates and
tweaks during those years 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 timeline.
Brent begins the Memorial USBBS List, containing a very basic listing
(in the USBBS List tradition) of Sysops who have passed away.
"You must love computing to be a Sysop. You also have to be crazy."
-Pete Olympia, USBBS Founder
Published periodically as needed.
Memorial List Edition: 11-28-2013
Time Warp updated: 11-27-2013
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 screens were 80 text characters wide (as shown here) and 25 lines high (we'll skip the 25 line simulation).
Thanks for visiting,
Also... Check out the Time Warp section while you're here, there's some cool/cute stuff there.
"The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice."