[Coladam] Cleveland FreeNet ADAM Forum shutdown message (9/01/1999)

Rich Drushel drushel at apk.net
Mon Jun 28 22:24:51 CEST 2010

     While looking for through some disk archives today, I discovered
the following shutdown message I posted to the ADAM Forum on the Cleveland
Freenet (which shut down for good on 9/30/1999).  Hard to believe it's been
11 years... and also hard to read :-(

Note:  view in a non-proportional font (like Courier) or the ASCII art in
the sigfile won't look right.

     *Dr. D.*

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Date: Wed Sep  1 20:33:31 1999
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.adam.general
Subject: Winding down...
Reply-To: xx001 at cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Adam Forum)
Organization: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (USA)

        As (probably) the remaining active sysop for the ADAM Forum, I
would like to thank our past sysops, Herman Mason, George Koczwara, George
Harpster, Mark Leair, and Nick Poulos, for their work in the early days of
Freenet I, and the first few years of Freenet II, when there were still
fair numbers of community users dialing in with their 300-baud ADAMlink
modems using the 36 x 23 screen of ADAMlink I.  Herman and George each
ran ADAM-based BBSes for many years, which finally closed down only a couple
of years ago.

        It was my discovery of the ADAM Forum in the fall of 1990, after I
had bought a Tandy 2800HD laptop (286-12, 1 MB RAM, 20 MB MFM HD) to write
my Ph.D. thesis, that led me to share with the local, national, and inter-
national ADAM community my independent work in disassembling and completely
commenting the EOS operating system and SmartBASIC 1.0 and 2.0.  Working
with Herman and George, I learned about the Mini Winnie MFM hard drive
system for the ADAM, 320K and 720K disk drives, 256K memory expanders, and
many other kinds of 3rd-party hardware.  Adding features to Herman's BBS
was the prime impetus to lots of hacking, reverse-engineering, and binary
patching.  I learned about the yearly ADAMcons, and helped our users group
(Cleveland B.A.S.I.C.) to host ADAMcon IV, still the peak of ADAMcon
attendance at over 100, even as we look forward to ADAMcon 0C (12 for you
non-hex people) in Toronto, Canada, in July, 2000.

        Eventually I became, by acclamation of my peers, a person of
standing in the ADAM community, and my contributions were recognized (too
soon, I still feel) by my induction into the ADAM Gallery of Honor at
ADAMcon 007.  I guess there isn't any greater honor among us ADAMites than
to be invited into that august group of people who were there at the very
beginning of the ADAM.  At least each year's convention organizers don't
forget to send me the invitation and info every year :-) and I've made it
to all conventions from IV to 11 except 10, and I expect to be in Toronto
for 0C.

        I can't say I was there at the beginning of the ADAM in 1984,
except perhaps as a spectator, since my Dad was the one who bought one.
I watched him struggle with it, tried to help him with it, and finally saw
him abandon it in disgust and buy a Tandy 1000HX desktop.  He was going to
set his buggy R59 ADAM out for the trash, and I rescued it.  That R59 is
still buggy as ever, but it will boot with some cajoling; and it was my
first ADAM (of many, now stockpiled in my basement).

        I am, however, here at the end of the ADAM Forum on the Cleveland
Freenet.  Maybe nobody else will read this farewell to xx001, the "first"
sig on the Cleveland Freenet (first probably only because of alphabetical
order, but we'll take it), but I will post it to our active Coleco ADAM
mailing list.  Send inquiries to coladam-list at calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca
and one of the maintainers will tell you how to subscribe, if you're

        With the following quote by Gandalf from "The Return of the King",
book three of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings", I hereby declare
the ADAM Forum closed:

        "Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes
the end of our fellowship in Middle-Earth.  Go in peace!  I will not say:
do not weep; for not all tears are an evil."

        *Rich Drushel*
ColecoVision     AA     DDDDD     AA     M     M    The ADAM Forum     (xx001)
   Family       A  A    D    D   A  A    MM   MM    Herman Mason, Jr.  (aa337)
  Computer     AAAAAA   D    D  AAAAAA   M M M M    George M. Koczwara (aa436)
   System     A      A  DDDDD  A      A  M  M  M    Richard F. Drushel   (rfd)

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