June 6th, 1999
Dennis' love for rankings and new found
love for beach volleyball sparked the beginnings of what became the bvbdb.com.
In 1997, after seeing the AVP's ranking
formula in their media guide and because the AVP wasn't publishing their
rankings ( or much else! ), Dennis decided he would do his own rankings
and put them up on the Internet. In the early development stages
of the then AVP Beach Pit, he started digging around and finding past winners.
He quickly found that the AVP did not keep accurate records and was actually
told once that he will NEVER be able to compile a list of Karch's
wins. Fueled by the challenge, Dennis began the quest. He called
several organizations like the AVP and Volleyball Magazine and was eventually
matched up with Chris
Marlowe. Chris had already compiled a list of tournament results
with Joe Jares for 1949-1982.
That was the beginning and hundreds of
hours later, the database is online, he's perched up on top of a huge pile
of old Volleyball Magazines (sent by the good faith of Tim Simmons) and
is busily filling in the missing holes.
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