I just found my first-ever post to USENET. I was eight years old, not yet old enough to have grown out of AOL, and read the newsgroup of one of my favorite TV Show’s “Beakman’s World”. You’ll have to excuse my poor spelling and punctuation — this clearly was one of my first ‘Net experiences. So, thanks to Google Groups, I can now read my very first post.
It’s short, isn’t it? Notice how even then I had two email addresses. Unfortunately, Google doesn’t seem to have the message I was replying to.
I remember talking to my father about how the creators of a competing show, “Bill Nye: The Science Guy”, kept asking the newsgroup to explain what they liked so much about Beakman’s World. I remember being rather puzzled at the question, as it just seemed obvious to me that Beakman’s was better, even though I had no reason for that decision.
Anyway, enough memories for one night.
Some of you might find the full text interesting. Here it is, for posterity:
From: email@example.com (Aaron Sw)
Subject: Re: Alanna is a Brady
Date: 3 Sep 1994 08:59:06 -0400
Organization: America Online, Inc. (1-800-827-6364)
In article BPOSTOW.94Jul11120335@ringding.cs.umd.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org (Brian Postow) writes:
No on Sat morning Its The same as TLC Except At 10:30 I think Aaron Swartz,AaronSw@aol.com,email@example.com