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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.


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1 posted on 01/31/2007 7:17:50 PM PST by festus
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To: festus

You should ping Jim Robinson.


2 posted on 01/31/2007 7:18:35 PM PST by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: festus

Thank you in advance ping.


3 posted on 01/31/2007 7:19:12 PM PST by unkus
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To: festus

Okay, I lurked well before 2000 elections. Some changes, but the 1997 FR alums would know the real story.


4 posted on 01/31/2007 7:20:33 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: festus
Be fun to see what we were focused on day one.

A lot of anti-bubba stuff, plus many quasi-militia types. A lot more attention to Constitutional issues.

5 posted on 01/31/2007 7:21:09 PM PST by Always Right
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To: festus

Have you ever seen the birth of a kitten?


6 posted on 01/31/2007 7:21:36 PM PST by RushCrush (Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.)
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To: festus

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.


7 posted on 01/31/2007 7:21:51 PM PST by quidnunc (Omnis Gaul delenda est)
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To: festus

*** ASH ALERT ***


8 posted on 01/31/2007 7:21:59 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Forgot your tagline? Click here to have it resent!)
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To: festus

I think you originally had to log-in through a DOS prompt.


9 posted on 01/31/2007 7:22:03 PM PST by jdm
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To: RushCrush

viking kittens?


10 posted on 01/31/2007 7:22:07 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: festus

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.


11 posted on 01/31/2007 7:22:15 PM PST by Remole
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To: festus

Here`s a cool website for that.......

http://web.archive.org/web/*/freerepublic.com


12 posted on 01/31/2007 7:23:02 PM PST by Screamname (Guinness world records reports that the record for youngest living person is constantly being broken)
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To: festus

I hope you never find some of the dumb posts I made last century.


13 posted on 01/31/2007 7:23:12 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Yep old Ash alert I am member 500 and something so long my memory is fading.


14 posted on 01/31/2007 7:24:25 PM PST by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: festus
Review

15 posted on 01/31/2007 7:24:29 PM PST by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: Jet Jaguar
I came in January, 1998, when Drudge linked Free Republic during the Lewinsky scandal. That's all anyone talked about back then - it was a long, strange trip with much more bizarre characters posting than we have today. Fewer Calvinist vs. Catholic death matches and more personal interaction between a smaller group - mostly on the theme of "Impeach Bill Now".

FR was a BBS in the mid-90's before moving to the Internet, but that was well before my time.

16 posted on 01/31/2007 7:24:50 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: festus
FreeRepublic: How it looked in 1996! 1997! 1998!
17 posted on 01/31/2007 7:25:18 PM PST by Always Right
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To: Remole
Me too. Changed screen name and lost my original date.

Doug from upland is one of the oldies.

18 posted on 01/31/2007 7:25:59 PM PST by BARLF
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To: boomop1

You're member number 522.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/user-posts?id=522


19 posted on 01/31/2007 7:26:31 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: festus

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.


20 posted on 01/31/2007 7:27:07 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: onyx

Wonder who was the first poster?


21 posted on 01/31/2007 7:27:44 PM PST by RushCrush (Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.)
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To: festus

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.


22 posted on 01/31/2007 7:28:04 PM PST by Ooh-Ah
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To: Screamname

Boy, the site was pretty crude in 96/97


23 posted on 01/31/2007 7:28:23 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

I wish I had known about it back then.

It sounds like a crazy party.

I am fortunate to know a few teeners here.


24 posted on 01/31/2007 7:28:45 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: festus

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.


25 posted on 01/31/2007 7:29:15 PM PST by Remole
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To: boomop1

Don Morgan, Navigator...........


26 posted on 01/31/2007 7:29:25 PM PST by BARLF
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
***Lemming Alert!***
27 posted on 01/31/2007 7:30:21 PM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: RushCrush; Jim Robinson

Wonder no more! :0)

Jim Robinson --- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/user-posts?id=1


28 posted on 01/31/2007 7:30:34 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: festus

FR was awash with conspiracy nuts for quite a while back then. Some real good, Art Bell popcorn stuff.


29 posted on 01/31/2007 7:30:36 PM PST by zarf
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
*** ASH ALERT ***

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 ...

30 posted on 01/31/2007 7:30:44 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

I had not idea it went that far back pre internet as a bbs....

Fascinating.


31 posted on 01/31/2007 7:31:06 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: Remole

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. :-)


32 posted on 01/31/2007 7:31:20 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: Remole
That's how I found it too. Only I couldn't post for a long time because of my hotmail account.
33 posted on 01/31/2007 7:31:31 PM PST by stayathomemom
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To: BARLF
A+Bert
34 posted on 01/31/2007 7:31:49 PM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: IronJack

Coyote was one of my favorites with his Ace articles.


35 posted on 01/31/2007 7:31:59 PM PST by BARLF
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To: onyx

how do you find out your member number?

I feel really stupid for asking.


36 posted on 01/31/2007 7:32:05 PM PST by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Remole

Quidam?


37 posted on 01/31/2007 7:32:15 PM PST by RushCrush (Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.)
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To: Remole
...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...

That would be quidam.

38 posted on 01/31/2007 7:32:17 PM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: girlangler

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


39 posted on 01/31/2007 7:32:28 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: onyx

Love your profile page. Good work!!


40 posted on 01/31/2007 7:32:43 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: festus

Check out this thread. Particularly posts #34 and especially post #40:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1011545/posts


41 posted on 01/31/2007 7:32:51 PM PST by faq
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To: Dog Gone
I hope you never find some of the dumb posts I made last century.

LOL!

I've got a few you-know-what threads bookmarked, and some of them still exist. Don't make me link to them. :)

42 posted on 01/31/2007 7:32:58 PM PST by untenured
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To: RushCrush

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.


43 posted on 01/31/2007 7:33:08 PM PST by Remole
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To: festus

Oh no, is this a crevo thread?


44 posted on 01/31/2007 7:33:32 PM PST by Nachoman (Screw my attitude.)
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To: diamond6

PLease don't feel stupid. We all had to learn. Go to your FR page and click forum -- you will see your id number.


45 posted on 01/31/2007 7:33:37 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: mylife

http://users.wolfcrews.com/toys/vikings/


46 posted on 01/31/2007 7:34:08 PM PST by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: Remole
Vast Right Wing Conspirator and Hillarys Lovely Legs and Sneaky Pete
47 posted on 01/31/2007 7:34:19 PM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: festus

You are not the first to ask.


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1218607/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1011545/posts


48 posted on 01/31/2007 7:34:24 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Remole

Wonder what happened to him/her/it.


49 posted on 01/31/2007 7:34:36 PM PST by RushCrush (Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.)
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To: diamond6


You'll see that you're member number 45252


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/user-posts?id=45252


50 posted on 01/31/2007 7:35:12 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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