Skip to comments.Origins of Free Republic
Posted on 01/31/2007 7:17:49 PM PST by festus
So how far back does the Free Republic archive articles and how can I go back and find some of the first threads that started the whole thing off ?
It struck me I've hung out for a while and it was well established when I joined.
Be fun to see what we were focused on day one. For me anyway.
You should ping Jim Robinson.
Thank you in advance ping.
Okay, I lurked well before 2000 elections. Some changes, but the 1997 FR alums would know the real story.
A lot of anti-bubba stuff, plus many quasi-militia types. A lot more attention to Constitutional issues.
Have you ever seen the birth of a kitten?
I believe that all the early Free Republic threads were deleated as part of the settlememt of a lawsuit by the LA Times and WaPo.
*** ASH ALERT ***
I think you originally had to log-in through a DOS prompt.
I first found FR on that fateful day in early 98, when Drudge posted the headlines about Clinton and an affair. While scrolling through the column headings on Drudge, I saw the one entitled "Whitewater," and clicked, and was hooked.
Here`s a cool website for that.......
I hope you never find some of the dumb posts I made last century.
Yep old Ash alert I am member 500 and something so long my memory is fading.
FR was a BBS in the mid-90's before moving to the Internet, but that was well before my time.
Doug from upland is one of the oldies.
You're member number 522.
I had a friend direct me to the DrudgeReport, and I found a link for FR from there. I have been addicted ever since, but only started posting 1 1/2 to 2 years ago. But, I was on here (lurking) back in the 1990s, during the Clinton administration days.
Some early things I remember is that crazy woman in Idaho, and her kids holding law enforcement at bay with guns. And the shovel brigade. I also learned about the stolen FBI files (Clinton administration) and watched with fascination the Clinton impeachment, became a BIG fan of Henry Hyde during that period.
Wonder who was the first poster?
Before Free Republic, many of us were on a Prodigy board about Clinton. Jim Robinson was one and when the Internet became more accessible, Jim started Free Republic. He was very innovative and brought together a national community.
Boy, the site was pretty crude in 96/97
I wish I had known about it back then.
It sounds like a crazy party.
I am fortunate to know a few teeners here.
Two characters from the early years of FR whom I always enjoyed: Dukeman (who found many really interesting connections and narratives in the Congressional Impeachment Report and the Starr Report); and the guy who seemed to have an inside track on info in the WH during the Clinton years and who gave cryptic messages in haiku; I think this latter guy had the theory that Lewinsky was WJC's drug mule.
Don Morgan, Navigator...........
Wonder no more! :0)
Jim Robinson --- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/user-posts?id=1
FR was awash with conspiracy nuts for quite a while back then. Some real good, Art Bell popcorn stuff.
Been a while since I've seen one of THOSE!
Thanks for a quick-step down Memory Lane!
Now where's A+Bert? Or Mojo? Or CaL? Or BadJoe? MarathonMan? cornelis? Mike Gallutia? dixie sass? chesty-puller? bigun? JENX?
Ah, the FR alumni threads ...
I had not idea it went that far back pre internet as a bbs....
I don't remember how I first found FR but it was something similar to yours. I do remember reading some of the posts and thinking "hey these people think like me!" I lurked for a very long time before I ever subscribed. And I do know the urge to have my say on a gun control article sealed my last day as a lurker. :-)
Coyote was one of my favorites with his Ace articles.
how do you find out your member number?
I feel really stupid for asking.
That would be quidam.
Back in the day, I used to go to Drudge for news.
Now I only come here.
I do still visit Drudge on the FR Radio link on sunday nights, but I never go there as a mater of course to find breaking news anymore, I only go there for a humorous recap.
FR is days ahead of the MSM
Love your profile page. Good work!!
Check out this thread. Particularly posts #34 and especially post #40:
I've got a few you-know-what threads bookmarked, and some of them still exist. Don't make me link to them. :)
That's the guy. I knew it started with a "Q." For a while there, about 8 months, he really had this board humming with supposed inside information.
Oh no, is this a crevo thread?
PLease don't feel stupid. We all had to learn. Go to your FR page and click forum -- you will see your id number.
You are not the first to ask.
Wonder what happened to him/her/it.
You'll see that you're member number 45252