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Do you remember Freepin in 1998?
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Posted on 10/15/2001 3:37:44 PM PDT by ODDITHER

I first found Free Republic through Drudge Report. I found Drudge by listening to the White House briefing sessions who constantly told everyone how radical he was. (I knew he was my kind of people.)

To get to my point, or to make a short story long, Does anyone else remember freepin back then?

There were days you couldn't get on. When you did get on, it took forever to load the posts. There were three options. Next 10 - 50 -100 and a simple search engine. Remember the posts that said "Please don't post graphics, I can't read the posts if you do."?

Don't get me wrong, many of the improvements that have been made, are because the technology has changed. I also got a faster modem and new computer and learned how to use them.

I Would set my alarm for 5:00 am to get on while it wasn't busy. At first, I didn't post, there were self appointed post police that would tear you a new one, if you didn't hold your mouth just right. But finally, I thought, what the heck, they can't see me, they don't know me, I can take it.

Here I am ramblin on - what I wanted to do is say a great big thanks to John for the newest improvements.

Thanks John!!!

P.S.

When is it going to make my coffee in the morning?


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1 posted on 10/15/2001 3:37:44 PM PDT by ODDITHER
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To: ODDITHER
Those were the "Good Ole Days" to be sure.....I realize that more and more these days.
2 posted on 10/15/2001 3:40:08 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Your right the Good Ol days pre Twin Towers and Terrorism. Back when is wasn't is and Clintoon was making most of this possible with his corrupt administration.
3 posted on 10/15/2001 3:44:49 PM PDT by PISANO
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To: Leroy S. Mort
I Lurked in 98. I shoulda signed in right after the MFJ.

Then I Could Be "Old School"
4 posted on 10/15/2001 3:45:34 PM PDT by cmsgop
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To: ODDITHER
I remember those days when you posted and article it stuck. It wouldn't get pulled like a loose thread from a spindle.
5 posted on 10/15/2001 3:46:46 PM PDT by In Search of Freedom
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To: ODDITHER
At first, I didn't post, there were self appointed post police that would tear you a new one, if you didn't hold your mouth just right.

(Some things never change)

Your story is similar to mine. I got a cable modem primarily for faster Freepin. Couldn't imagine a phone modem now.

6 posted on 10/15/2001 3:46:55 PM PDT by kcpopps
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To: ODDITHER
odd...

Some of the self appointed posting police are still around, that was bad enough, but now we have hall monitors to contend with...Oh well...

7 posted on 10/15/2001 3:47:34 PM PDT by cynicom
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To: ODDITHER
Yeah, I found FR from the Drudge link, too.

I remember lots of flame-wars between DonMorgan, Mojo, Navigator, Deb, OneWhoKnows, and others.

And, of course, Ash!

8 posted on 10/15/2001 3:49:10 PM PDT by B Knotts
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To: In Search of Freedom
I forgot that. Sometime so bad that you had to control-Alt-delete. Course, I didn't realize you had to Refresh to see your reply. So I would go completely out every so often, and then I couldn't get back in.
9 posted on 10/15/2001 3:49:59 PM PDT by ODDITHER
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To: kcpopps
I got a cable modem primarily for faster Freepin. Couldn't imagine a phone modem now.

Some of us still don't have any other choice. :-(

10 posted on 10/15/2001 3:50:26 PM PDT by B Knotts
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Those were the "Good Ole Days" to be sure

This may sound hypcritical, but does it seem like there are more mindless posts? Less discussion and more blather?

11 posted on 10/15/2001 3:50:58 PM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: ODDITHER
Freepin' has come a long way....I found it way back through Prodigy.
My 1st computer was soooo slow and had almost no memory. When someone posted a picture, it tied the machine up for half an hour and made you say AAARGH!

I was immediately addicted...Should have gone to rehab...

12 posted on 10/15/2001 3:51:53 PM PDT by weston
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To: B Knotts
I forgot about those. And how about A+Bert and Quidam.
13 posted on 10/15/2001 3:52:33 PM PDT by ODDITHER
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To: B Knotts
I remember lots of flame-wars between DonMorgan, Mojo, Navigator, Deb, OneWhoKnows, and others.

Hmmm... what ever happened to those guys? ;^]

14 posted on 10/15/2001 3:52:40 PM PDT by OWK
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To: OWK
Man...you're quick! :-)
15 posted on 10/15/2001 3:53:41 PM PDT by B Knotts
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To: ODDITHER
Quidam.

I had a huge crush on Quidam. : )

16 posted on 10/15/2001 3:55:07 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: ODDITHER
For old time's sake, I just tried to post a link to a "Newsweek Kills Story on White House Intern" thread, but it's vanished. In fact, I just noticed that the link to the "Old Topics List" that used to be on the main FR page is gone. I assume most of the posts that are from 1998 or earlier are gone, which is too bad.

If anyone has a link to a file to an original Drudge Lewinsky/Newsweek story thread that has not been lost, that would be nice to go back and look through.

17 posted on 10/15/2001 3:55:29 PM PDT by untenured
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To: ODDITHER
oh the fun before the "self-search" function was added....
18 posted on 10/15/2001 3:56:07 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: ODDITHER
My mother told me about this place through Drudge. She's been lurking everyday but won't sign on...you out there mom?

I don't know what year it was...but I wrote an email to Drudge and asked him to change the link from WhiteWater...to Free Republic. I don't think it was a coincidence...but it was changed that day!

19 posted on 10/15/2001 3:56:24 PM PDT by Sungirl
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
...more mindless...

Well, I'd say we have more breaking news/higher volume, which is useful. There's certainly a trade-off though - fewer thoughtful, detailed discussions, IMO.

But still great, and WAY too addictive!...

20 posted on 10/15/2001 3:56:27 PM PDT by Ted
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To: ODDITHER
I'd like to think that it was through the freepin efforts of the the early members of Free Republic that Fox News became available on local cable outlets.....
21 posted on 10/15/2001 3:57:39 PM PDT by prognostigaator
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To: ODDITHER
I found it through Drudge too. Those were the days, the Clinton scandals were a lot of fun. Good times.
22 posted on 10/15/2001 3:57:41 PM PDT by Mr.Clark
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To: ODDITHER
I first found Free Republic through Drudge Report.

Me too, but I think I heard about Drudge on C-span.

23 posted on 10/15/2001 3:58:57 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: OWK
One Who Knows??? OWK???? LOL!!!!!

Deb's still around. The rest are at lucianne.com filling the roll of "self appointed post police that would tear you a new one, if you didn't hold your mouth just right."!

24 posted on 10/15/2001 3:59:44 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
"This may sound hypcritical, but does it seem like there are more mindless posts? Less discussion and more blather?"

You mean like this one?

I don't know, I think it goes in waves. It seems like Freepers get upset and began to start yellin at each other when times are tough for conservatives. Like during the election. It also seems like Freepers come and go. You have a wave of flamers and then they get tired or banned and leave. Then you have a wave of Self-righteous religious Freepers (that is one thing I have learned, freepers should never discuss religion. We are a pretty like-minded bunch until a religion thread starts up.)

All in all, the core freepers who have learned to roll with the punches and avoid the hit and run threads, and have stuck around through all the Post Patrols and trashers, have quite a bit to say.

25 posted on 10/15/2001 4:00:26 PM PDT by ODDITHER
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To: ODDITHER
Oh dear. I'd like everyone to forget I was here then. I had never been in any kind of forum group before FR, had only used the 'puter for research. I'm sure I did everything wrong. I wonder what ever happened to Don Morgan?
26 posted on 10/15/2001 4:00:31 PM PDT by AuntB
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To: prognostigaator
I'd like to think that it was through the freepin efforts of the the early members of Free Republic that Fox News became available on local cable outlets.....

I think you're right. I remember going to New Jersey after reading about it on FreeRepublic and watching it at my daughter's. I couldn't wait to get it in Wisconsin. Some areas here still don't have Fox.

27 posted on 10/15/2001 4:00:49 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: ODDITHER
Does anyone else remember freepin back then?

Yes, and I remember the various subtexts, covert agendas, disrupter alerts, long, rambling "good bye forever" posts, and the vicious internecine wars that were characteristic of that early period too.

Hey, wait a minute! Guess the "good old days" are still with us today in a certain sense. Regards,

28 posted on 10/15/2001 4:02:16 PM PDT by SamKeck
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To: B Knotts
For example, you can click here and run a text search for "PhoenixFlys" :-)
29 posted on 10/15/2001 4:02:37 PM PDT by Mmmike
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To: Ted
Yea, the way I said it came out wrong. I guess with more volume you get more goofy stuff. On the other hand, now I'm thinking of Jose Ortega Gasset's The Revolt of the Masses
30 posted on 10/15/2001 4:03:19 PM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: OWK
Hmmm... what ever happened to those guys? ;^]

Pretty much what they deserved. :)
31 posted on 10/15/2001 4:03:22 PM PDT by Daus
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To: Sungirl
...but I wrote an email to Drudge and asked him to change the link from WhiteWater...to Free Republic.

Remember when we had our own WhiteWater link?

32 posted on 10/15/2001 4:03:26 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: ODDITHER
I lurked in late 1998 and posted in mid 1999, mostly on the Mena threads.

And I still haven't forgotten about Mena.

33 posted on 10/15/2001 4:03:49 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: OWK
What ever happened to Chanel? Sometimes she would post some great stuff, and then at other times she seemed like a bad episode of X-files.
34 posted on 10/15/2001 4:04:16 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: AuntB
I wonder what ever happened to Don Morgan?

His home page is still around, as he was never permanently banned. So is Mojo's, I think.

Last I heard, Don Morgan was running for some sort of local Republican Party position in his area.

35 posted on 10/15/2001 4:04:26 PM PDT by untenured
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To: B Knotts; Deb
I remember lots of flame-wars between DonMorgan, Mojo, Navigator, Deb, OneWhoKnows, and others.

I remember falling in love for the very phirst time.

36 posted on 10/15/2001 4:04:39 PM PDT by Phil V.
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To: kcpopps
I remember when there were fewer than a dozen FReepers in Missouri - now there are nearly 150 on the "locale" page and the total membership has gone from 5,000 to 70,000. Thanks to JimRob and John, constant improvements have been made to FR and they deserve a big thank you from all of us. God bless JimRob and family.
37 posted on 10/15/2001 4:04:52 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
This may sound hypcritical, but does it seem like there are more mindless posts? Less discussion and more blather?

Gee. Ya think?? Laffin' here. The gates to the city were left open during the election and the barbarians invaded. ;-)

38 posted on 10/15/2001 4:04:54 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: ODDITHER
Who was it that used to post the Ash Alerts (complete with the country-western song - "Were you born an @$$hole")?
39 posted on 10/15/2001 4:06:02 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: OWK; Daus; Billie; beowolf; wattsmag2; Vinnie; Freedom'sWorthIt; COB1; William Terrell...
"I remember lots of flame-wars between DonMorgan, Mojo, Navigator, Deb, OneWhoKnows, and others."

Ah, OneWhoKnows....such wonderful times!!

Brought fond memories of December 1998/January 1999 and the "Infamous Mojo/LadyX Happening" - need I say more??...:)))) LOLOL!!

Yes - it used to be in 1997-98 that when you posted a reply and went to the kitchen for sustenance, it would still be on the Latest Posts when you returned!
Remember when we thought it astonishing that we had 3,000 registered posters?

40 posted on 10/15/2001 4:06:21 PM PDT by LadyX
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To: ODDITHER
I remember that "Huertgen Forest" guy - he coulda been a contenda in a Doonesbury strip if Doonesbury were clean and honest. Strange, Carlos Castanedaesque postings. I had some serious health issues, and didn't read FR for over a year - and when I got back - he was only a memory. I understand he was bogus in some way, but he was something else. I'm not sure he wasn't Hunter Thompson in a place where he couldn't get any drugs...
41 posted on 10/15/2001 4:06:43 PM PDT by 185JHP
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To: ODDITHER
How long has FR been around?
42 posted on 10/15/2001 4:06:52 PM PDT by tiki
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To: untenured
Last I heard, Don Morgan was running for some sort of local Republican Party position in his area

As I understood it, he was elected.

I am also lead to believe that he has assumed a new user identity (which will remain nameless) and now posts here again.

43 posted on 10/15/2001 4:06:56 PM PDT by OWK
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To: Daus; OWK
"Hmmm... what ever happened to those guys? … Pretty much what they deserved"

They weren't bad guys, just misunderstood. :^)

44 posted on 10/15/2001 4:08:15 PM PDT by Scuttlebutt
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To: untenured
I assume most of the posts that are from 1998 or earlier are gone, which is too bad.

Try a Google search. It's amazing what will turn up. I did one on myself (screen name) once, and all these FreeRepublic posts and replies popped up. I vowed then that I would always try to use proper grammar and spelling and not D___mn anyone to He!! unless they really deserved it! My typing sometimes gets in the way of the spelling and grammar, and my temper sometimes gets in the way of the other vow!

45 posted on 10/15/2001 4:08:27 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Remember when we had our own WhiteWater link?

Yes, and I remember that everyone posted everything from Bigfoot sightings to European politics to Abortion threads on the WhiteWater link so the articles would show up in the forum (most people came in through the WhiteWater link and didn't know about the "Latest Posts" and "Latest Articles" buttons).

46 posted on 10/15/2001 4:09:12 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: ODDITHER
I got hooked through Drudge during the Thompson hearings (97?--Where is Scotsman?) and was a daily lurker until jumping in during the '99 year end fundraiser. Time flies. Thanks for the memories....
47 posted on 10/15/2001 4:09:17 PM PDT by eureka!
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To: cmsgop
Yep. I lurked for the first year, too. Mainly because I didn't have a home computer and was using my pc at work.
48 posted on 10/15/2001 4:09:46 PM PDT by Sweet Hour of Prayer
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To: VRWCmember; Billie; OWK
What ever happened to Freeper Island?
49 posted on 10/15/2001 4:09:58 PM PDT by Phil V.
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To: ODDITHER
I can't quite remember how or when I found FR. I registered in early 1999 but lurked for some time before that.

I do remember that before FR I used to check the Washington Times "Whitewater" link every day for stuff about Clinton.

50 posted on 10/15/2001 4:10:00 PM PDT by Some hope remaining.
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