TMMABBSwas once a bulletin board, run on an Apple II, started by Tel, aka Terry Monks in Reston, Va, way back around 1984. The first software used was from Washington Apple PI and had been written originally by Tom Warrick. The first person to call in was Angus Reynolds, a neighbour, and he made the number public on the
PLATOtime-sharing system. By a bizarre coincidence, the second person to call in was Robert Woodhead, one of the authors of the Wizardry game series, later to hand over the porting of these games to the Macintosh to...Terry Monks.
The board was started to provide (and collect) information about a new computer, the Apple Macintosh, and the board's original name was probably "The Macintosh Board." Although not claiming to be the first in the nation devoted to Macs, it seems to have been one of the earliest. The MouseHole, in California, may have started earlier. For a long time we discussed the new computer that we all loved. Then we found outselves moving on to more personal ramblings, some of which have been preserved, some lost for ever.
The original software was written in
BASIC, had limited message and user
capability, so Tel wrote a new board in Pascal, which ran for many years.
The members of the board collected money and donated a hard disk ( a
whopping 10 Megs!), Phil Noguchi donated a complete Apple II for spare
parts and Michael Yourshaw donated at least one modem to get us through
As the disk space ran out, it soon became clear that something had to be
done. Craig Vaughan set up a board that looked almost identical, but most
users felt that it lacked some of the charm of
TMMABBS. Finally Paul
Heller set up the
Twilight Clone, which begat Ron
Wartow's Overflow Valve, which begat Ellen Caswell's CasBoa,
Rich Bollar's Swizzle Stick, and possibly other places where elegant people met to
recreate the Round Table at the Algonquin and abuse each other.
The board eventually graduated to an Apple Macintosh IIfx, with new software in Pascal
and C, using the Communications Toolkit, and attempted to distract the
dwindling membership with such goodies as Dusky
Wood, but finally shut down in
September of 1994, just short of running
for ten years, when two modems were zapped by storms within a couple of
weeks. Key participants have stayed connected since then by an
Internet mailing list
email@example.com, kindly provided by kindly Steve Hill.When Steve Hill left that location we existed for several months in the bowels of a machine that ignored us. In September of 1996, we were told we had to move and went to the Virtual Boa [ see top of page.]
Among those key participants with Home pages are: