During our three days at Woodstock, Jeannene and I took photos of friends, strangers and some of the many activities swirling around us.
Jeannene printed some of the photos when we returned to the Midwest, then the negatives were filed away until 2009 when I scanned them and cleaned the digital images as best as I could. Click the image here to see them in a Google Photos gallery.
A decade before the Internet arrived, computer hobbyists used their telephone modems to log into computer networks like CompuServe and The Source. Both charged a monthly fee for access to electronic mail, discussion forums and software downloads.
But anyone with a couple modems and telephone lines and specialized software could create their only online service. The world of Bulletin Board Systems was fueled in part by people who wanted to collect and share pirated software.
If you didn't want to pay hundreds of dollars for Lotus 1-2-3 or WordPerfect, you could find a free copy posted on a BBS. Other bulletin boards were devoted to specific topics, like games, politics, sports or sex.
In 1983, I launched a newsletter called Plumb to share news about the BBS culture and new arrivals to the online world. I printed the eight-page issues using my Apple II+ computer and Epson dot-matrix printer. Subscriptions initially cost $20 a year.
Plumb got some good publicity in the computer pres…
You've found my online profile and digital landing page. This site is primarily a place where I post samples of my work and links to personal media channels at Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
I am currently a freelance writer, consultant and digital content developer. For more than 30 years, I worked for The Courier-Journal, a Gannett newspaper in Louisville, Ky. I wrote the Gizmo column for the Courier-Journal and Gannett, reporting on gadgets, gear and electronic games. My columns appeared the Tech section of USAToday.com and other outlets including ABCNews.com, The Detroit News and The Chicago Tribune.
I also held several news jobs including political writer, assistant city editor, bureau chief for the paper's Washington and Indiana offices, and business technology writer.
In 1996, I developed the newspaper's first official website and managed its growth into one of the leading digital operations in the Gannett family. I was the Online Production Manager in 2012 wh…