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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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To: diamond6

We were all new at one time!


101 posted on 01/31/2007 7:49:09 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Ramius
"How can we forget: deepinthehurtgenforest

And of course the famous: classygreeneyedblonde"

Oh man..I seem to recall Classygreeneyedblonds first Vanity post. Wasn't it something like "I'm staring at the Sun"???

sw

102 posted on 01/31/2007 7:49:26 PM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Zack Nguyen

According to the "wayback" archives it did exist as early as 96


103 posted on 01/31/2007 7:49:37 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Ramius
DITHF! Wow! There's a blast from the Pleistocene! And everybody's favorite squeeze toy ...

Who was the guy who left FR for good at least once a week for a month, and wrote a 10-page opus every time he did? Don Morgan? Does that sound right?

104 posted on 01/31/2007 7:50:03 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Mr. Jeeves; Peach; Howlin; IronJack; doug from upland
Do you remember the FR Air Force flying a banner plane over the Superbowl? The pic said ~ "Stop lying Bill Clinton." Does anyone have that pic?

A FReeper from Florida posted it.

105 posted on 01/31/2007 7:50:20 PM PST by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: Howlin

Hi Howlin, how ya doing?


106 posted on 01/31/2007 7:50:27 PM PST by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: mylife

Wow - thanks.


107 posted on 01/31/2007 7:50:38 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: festus
I found my way here after reading about Asa Hutchinson's website in a magazine. His forum attracted quite a crew before it was shut down. Also, there was a liberal website (who's name had something to do with vegetables???) that performed the role of DU today.

As an aside, there was a guy named Don Hamrick on Asa's site who was very prolific. I always enjoyed his posts, if for nothing more than entertainment. Because his name popped into my head the other day, I typed him into google, found his email address(!) and dropped him a line. He's still out there (should that have quotes?) doing his thing...

I love this country...
108 posted on 01/31/2007 7:50:45 PM PST by cliniclinical (space for rent)
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To: Dog Gone

I saw them,hope you did not see mine from last week.


109 posted on 01/31/2007 7:51:23 PM PST by fatima
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To: DCPatriot

May I drive your car? :0)


110 posted on 01/31/2007 7:51:26 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: Remole

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.



That sounds like me. I found FR in exactly the same way.

At one time, I went back to read the very first posts by Jim Rob. Those discussions were truely discussions. Not at all what it is like now. Only a few people were involved. (Mike Galutia comes to mind) and a few other familiar names.


111 posted on 01/31/2007 7:51:45 PM PST by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: festus
Wow...After looking at the archives on the WayBack Machine...the struggle never ends...
112 posted on 01/31/2007 7:52:05 PM PST by Dallas59 (HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007!)
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To: IronJack
Don Morgan? Does that sound right?

Close your tags!

I was drunk, but that sounds familiar.

113 posted on 01/31/2007 7:52:20 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword: folding)
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To: chesty_puller

So what was the deal in Trixie leaving to start Lucianne.com?
And Who was that fellow WBLShow? who left in a huff and stated Liberty post?

I cant keep up with the drama L0L


114 posted on 01/31/2007 7:52:32 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: fatima

Hey, we live and learn. Every tomorrow is a fresh page.


115 posted on 01/31/2007 7:53:01 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: mylife

that's tblshow


116 posted on 01/31/2007 7:53:30 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: festus

How far you wanna go back?

117 posted on 01/31/2007 7:53:46 PM PST by labette ("Come,and let us reason together...")
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To: Halcontent
Remember "Clintonsaliar

Connie went to Alan Keyes election team. I lost track of her after that.

118 posted on 01/31/2007 7:53:49 PM PST by chesty_puller (USMC 70-73 3MAF VN 70-71 US Army 75-79 3d Inf Old Guard)
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To: Zack Nguyen

It was on Compuserve back then, I think.


119 posted on 01/31/2007 7:53:55 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: fatima

Hey! what are you doing here? Why arent you minding you thread? ;0)


120 posted on 01/31/2007 7:54:24 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: diamond6

Not really...This place was hopping when I stumbled in.


121 posted on 01/31/2007 7:54:29 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; Alamo-Girl

When I started lurking in 1998 the main topic was Whitewater. Alamo-Girl I think has archived a lot of articles from that time. Is that correct Alamo-girl?


122 posted on 01/31/2007 7:54:40 PM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: Jet Jaguar

Thats the guy


123 posted on 01/31/2007 7:55:00 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: IronJack

And then there was Illuminati, worried about the Bildebergers et al., and Inspector "the moon walk was done in a studio" Callahan (or some such screen name), who discerned conspiracies under every bed to which most all were insufferably blind.


124 posted on 01/31/2007 7:55:03 PM PST by Torie (The real facts can sometimes be inconvenient things)
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To: DCPatriot

8411?

I am 7154!


125 posted on 01/31/2007 7:55:05 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Blue Highway

ping


126 posted on 01/31/2007 7:55:06 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: txroadkill

THAT was good!


127 posted on 01/31/2007 7:55:23 PM PST by labette ("Come,and let us reason together...")
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To: boomop1

I wonder if someone has a copy of the first thread. It would be interesting to read what it was about.


128 posted on 01/31/2007 7:55:40 PM PST by mysterio
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To: SC Swamp Fox

I didn't have any tags open.


129 posted on 01/31/2007 7:55:42 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: festus
I stumbled onto Free Republic, about as soon as it could be found online, as I was trying to gather information on the Clintonistas --- the matter of Vince Foster was high on the list.

Early on, a wonderful member of his forum, Alamo-Girl, was knocking herself out, collecting and filing in some organized way, a whole lot of that information; she was making it easier to keep track of things and deserves special mention, here.

She also ran a welcome page for new members, where FRPR's pitched in to help newbies become acquainted with how the forum worked and how to post.

130 posted on 01/31/2007 7:56:22 PM PST by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: Torie
Inspector Harry Callahan.

As I recall, you and he used to go round and round.

131 posted on 01/31/2007 7:57:01 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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The saga of Clarity was rather interesting, once upon a time a lawyer, with certain clients.


132 posted on 01/31/2007 7:57:16 PM PST by Torie (The real facts can sometimes be inconvenient things)
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To: festus

For one to get a comprehensive answer, A+Bert should be pinged, wherever he is!


133 posted on 01/31/2007 7:57:27 PM PST by fuzzthatwuz
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To: onyx
Do you drive a stick?

Can you work a clutch? ;^)

134 posted on 01/31/2007 7:57:56 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: Jet Jaguar

I've forgotten. ;)


135 posted on 01/31/2007 7:58:05 PM PST by Mr.Unique ("Are you gonna propose? Because if you're not, quit staring at me!")
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To: IronJack

We got along very well. He "respected" me. That shows just how crazy he was. :)


136 posted on 01/31/2007 7:58:08 PM PST by Torie (The real facts can sometimes be inconvenient things)
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To: Screamname

Thanks! How and where did you find that page?


137 posted on 01/31/2007 7:58:38 PM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: festus

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138 posted on 01/31/2007 7:58:56 PM PST by samson1097
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To: First_Salute

http://web.archive.org/web/19961221165158/http://freerepublic.com/



You were saying? :-)


139 posted on 01/31/2007 7:59:20 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Howlin

How does one, get one's number?


140 posted on 01/31/2007 7:59:27 PM PST by Torie (The real facts can sometimes be inconvenient things)
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To: Howlin

Yours says 23,612? July 99....I thought you made a typo.


141 posted on 01/31/2007 7:59:40 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: DCPatriot

Hey, heck yes! I learned to drive in a GTO.


142 posted on 01/31/2007 8:00:11 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: Mr.Unique

Good to see you! :0)


143 posted on 01/31/2007 8:00:56 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: quidnunc
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.

I first found FR sometime in mid-1997. Lurked for awhile and first joined up around late 1997 or early 1998. I've always used the same screen name here. For some reason I never did figure out, my early registration kept getting reset every now and again, and I'd have to re-register with a different password. I finally "stuck" sometime in 1999. I don't think everyone of the earliest FR registrants had this experience, though.

144 posted on 01/31/2007 8:01:12 PM PST by Wolfstar ("A nation that hates its Horatios is already in grave danger of losing its soul." Dr. Jack Wheeler)
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To: Dog Gone

True but you also learn your audience.No one who posts on this forum is unread.You might be misunderstood but you are read.Type one word everyone loves you and type another word everyone hates you.


145 posted on 01/31/2007 8:01:12 PM PST by fatima
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To: Torie

You are http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/user-posts?id=21330

Click your name, then forum.


146 posted on 01/31/2007 8:01:15 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: IronJack
I didn't have any tags open.

I know. I don't know what made me remember that.

I wonder how many of us remember how screwed up a thread could become when someone forgot to close the HTML tags on their italics, bold, marquee, blinking text?

147 posted on 01/31/2007 8:02:01 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword: folding)
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To: Wolfstar

I did.


148 posted on 01/31/2007 8:02:24 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: festus
FreeRepublic went way, way back before BBS. There was a time where you had to drive down a specific street and see if there was a chalk mark on a telephone pole, which meant go to a place and look under a rock for mimeographs folded into a ziplock.

I can't talk anymore about this.

They, they're .....watching.
149 posted on 01/31/2007 8:02:30 PM PST by Leisler (REAL ENVIRONMENTALISTS WALK.)
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To: festus

Came on F/R in 1996 through Drudge....Signed up in 97....Was using an old WebTv w/no cut and paste. Had to run out and buy newspapers....cut the articles out and type them in. What the hell....I was retired and didn't have anything else to do.. :>)


150 posted on 01/31/2007 8:03:24 PM PST by Jay Howard Smith (Retired(25yrsNCO)Military)
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