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FreeRepublic: How it looked in 1996! 1997! 1998!
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Posted on 10/25/2001 1:17:35 PM PDT by cgk
Today marks the launch of the Internet Wayback Machine. An online historical archive of everything internet. More files than the Library of Congress, who also funded the feat, along with Smithsonian and others... find your old home pages, if you can! Look up deceased dot-coms!
TOPICS: Announcements; Editorial; Front Page News; Miscellaneous
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Fellow FReepers - check out how our beloved FR has changed! I've included the oldest link available, from 1996, to its front page then. Remember Ken Starr deciding Vince Foster's death a suicide? Who doesn't? Read what was happening back then, here:
Free Republic: December 1996
If you want to see more archived FR pages, simply go to:
<A HREF="http://web.archive.org>Internet Wayback Machine</A> <p> and search by ENTIRE URL. (http://etc.......) You cannot search by text. <p> You can even take a gander at how the old Clinton/Gore www.whitehouse.gov website looked! (yikes!) <p> enjoy! <p> Mrs Kus
posted on 10/25/2001 1:17:36 PM PDT
Thanks for this piece of information. FR looked grim in 1996 - - -but I liked the category "Scandals."
posted on 10/25/2001 1:25:30 PM PDT
Egad, formatting flop.
Here is that source link, to search for any old web site they may have:
Internet Wayback Machine
Sorry about that. Don't know how I missed it in the preview.
posted on 10/25/2001 1:28:47 PM PDT
Too cool BUMP!
cool bump ... eeek, my old sites look so lame!
posted on 10/25/2001 1:48:09 PM PDT
Any statistics on membership growth over this time period?
The funniest thing I saw from 1996 on FR was a link to CNN.
Oh no! Black background --can you believe some sites still use this clunker?
posted on 10/25/2001 1:56:12 PM PDT
posted on 10/25/2001 1:58:17 PM PDT
Bump for later!
posted on 10/25/2001 2:22:20 PM PDT
Darn glad FR got rid of the frames.
posted on 10/25/2001 2:38:44 PM PDT
bump for later
To: Focault's Pendulum
Were you logged in back in 1996?
A Free Republic
If you believe that our nation has been drifting away from Abraham Lincoln's "government of the people", or that our government has deserted our Founding Fathers' vision of a Free Republic as set forth in the Constitution, or that our government has mushroomed completely out of control, or that the so-called free press has been "protecting" us from the ugly truth -- read on.
On these pages we hope to bring you news of the nation not only from the mainstream media, but also from lesser known sources - small papers, newsletters, talk shows, government publications, online websites, and gasp, even from conspiracy theorists (sometimes there really are fires beneath all that smoke).
Notice the part in bold from the old mission statement.
posted on 10/25/2001 3:56:40 PM PDT
The real FR archieves list(With previews) is still available at FR. But the articles themselfs are offline due to the lawsuit.
posted on 10/25/2001 3:59:37 PM PDT
To: Havisham; fnord; AbeLincoln; Jim Robinson
Our old dotcom was there, too. Black background and all. Isn't nostalgia great? Especially when it makes you queasy.
And, that's an excellent question Abe... Anyone else have any ideas about membership growth? I'd be curious to see it.
posted on 10/25/2001 4:38:50 PM PDT
The number of members is a difficult number to arrive at. We do not have membership dues, so do not have an actual membership list. All we have is our registration file. Since we do not mail to or query our registered posters, there is no way we can know how many of the people who have registered over the years are still members. Many people sign up and make only one or a few posts and never come back. Many sign up and never post at all. Some get banned or leave for other reasons, some have died, and some are duplicate accounts for the same user (this practice is frowned upon, by the way). There are also tens of thousands of people who are regular readers, but have never signed up as posting members. The only practical number that we have available is the number of sign-ups, and this number could probably be divided by half to get an approximate number of members. We started our forum with just a few dozen posters early in 1997 and by the end of that year had over a thousand. By the end of 1998 we had over 15,000 signed up. The number was close to 30,000 by the end of 1999, over 50,000 by December 31, 2001 and over 70,000 now.
To: Jim Robinson; AbeLincoln
Wow. All those numbers makes one feel slightly humbled.
Thanks for the quick response! And for your excellent site.
posted on 10/25/2001 5:19:38 PM PDT
The wayback machine does not go way back enough for my first internet business. In retrospect I was a real trend setter (sigh).
Anyone rememebr seeing www.bodem.com? (don't bother looking up that url now) (sigh).
posted on 10/25/2001 5:23:35 PM PDT
Today is also St. Crispin's Day
I'm hoping they catalogue a bit further back as well. Don't lose hope yet. In fact, if you've noticed, they aren't *quite* on-track yet. In browsing some of the older whitehouse.gov links, MIT's Alien Intelligence pages kept popping up. Or maybe it wasn't a mistake? Haha. Kidding.
posted on 10/25/2001 5:38:56 PM PDT
Remember The BIG BIG list of topics....(Back when people made duplicate TOPICS, like they do with breaking news threads now)
Check it out here
and the old POLICE KILLING thread frozen in time right after the Diallo killings OLD FR POLICE THREADS
To: MadelineZapeezda; harpseal; Travis McGee; Squantos; sneakypete; Chapita; LadyX; Billie; ofMagog...
Saint Crispin's Day Speech
from Henry V by William Shakespeare
This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.'
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
Yikes- black background! And I thought only anarcho-libs use black backgrounds!
posted on 10/25/2001 5:57:37 PM PDT
Still my favorite...
posted on 10/25/2001 6:09:08 PM PDT
Today marks the launch of the Internet Wayback Machine
The ALTERNATIVE spelling is WABAC.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman set the WABAC controls
to teleport back through time for another amazing adventure...
posted on 10/25/2001 7:05:07 PM PDT
Oh wow. I feel old again. I LOVED those cartoons! Fractured fairy-tales and all!
posted on 10/25/2001 8:13:59 PM PDT
I'd love to check out the early days of a website I worked for (1996) up through March of this year. But darn it, I'm getting "data retrieval errors!" Anybody else have this problem?
posted on 10/25/2001 11:28:04 PM PDT
Yep - I sure did. I kept at it - giving it breaks every so often. I think it was overloaded/too much traffic or something, because it did eventually work.
posted on 10/25/2001 11:39:46 PM PDT
Thanks for the info. I will check it out.
posted on 10/26/2001 6:29:51 AM PDT
Any kid that would name their dog, "Mr. Peabody" is strange!!! My kids pick out normal names. My daughter's puppy is named Phudd. My son's, now deceased, bunny's name was "Boot-Fruit-Loop".
posted on 11/10/2001 1:49:21 AM PST
I have not seen that cartoon in probably 35 years. What a hoot! Thanks.
I loved the series, especially Boris & Natasha --- who are now "politically incorrect."
The man with the famous voice behind a number of the characters in the Rocky & Bullwinkle series of cartoons, which included Mr. Peabody and Sherman
(above) --- for discussion and education purposes only (click on the name for full story):
Born March 18, 1886 Brooklyn, NY
Died September 29, 1970 Encino, CA
Edward Everett Horton's trademark personality could be compared to a "worried penguin." He was tall and somewhat aristocratic looking, with a thin mouth. He would combine these elements with a triple take that would start off with a furtive leer that would quickly change to a worried look and followed by a dithering panic attack. His performing career was a long one, and he worked up until the end of his life...
When the sound era arrived, so did Edward Everett Horton. He was in big demand by all of the studios in the Hollywood, as well as a beloved supporting player in some British films as well. Horton made his mark in 1930's films (as his usual, panicky penguin) such as The Front Page (Howard Hughes Production for United Artists, 1931), starring Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien and a wonderful cast of character actors...
Horton appeared in Frank Capra's Lost Horizon (Columbia, 1937), starring Ronald Colman. He also supported Marion Davies with several other wonderful character performers, in the last year of Miss Davies' film career, in Hearts Divided (Marion Davies Production for Warner Bros., 1937)...
During the 50's Horton turned mainly to television. Younger generations were amused and quickly adopted Horton as a personal favorite. He is fondly remembered as the familiar narrator of "Fractured Fairy Tales" that was a part of Jay Ward's Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show... He made a cameo appearance in the homage to all remaining screen comedians (there were still quite a few at that time), in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (United Artists, 1963), directed by Stanley Kramer. His last film was Cold Turkey (United Artists, 1969 - released in 1971), directed by Norman Lear and starring Dick Van Dyke.
In his last years, two comments that Horton made were, "Retirement? What's that?
Copyright © 1996-97, Diane MacIntyre, The Silents Majority, at email@example.com. All rights reserved
We had Rocky and Bullwinkle, Boris and Natasha, etc.
Our children had Power Rangers.
Our grandchildren have Beavis and Butthead.
Damn... At the top of the list is one posted by (CHIEF Negotiator).
I remember Henry Hyde reciting that after the impeachment testimony.
posted on 08/26/2002 8:11:08 PM PDT
It would be fun to see some threads from '97 when I logged on and joined. It seems like I would sometimes be the only one posting late and night and it would be like, "who else is still awake."
I don't see those old names anymore.
posted on 08/26/2002 8:17:01 PM PDT
I thought I was new in 1998!
I bow to you.
posted on 08/26/2002 8:31:41 PM PDT
BTTT for old times sake......
posted on 02/20/2003 4:43:12 PM PST
(YOU ARE WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
Also... Atom Ant, Roadrunner, Foghorn Leghorn ( "Say, I say, Son! That's no way to catch a chicken!"), Jetsons... you could go on and on and on... Saturday mornings were truly a pleasure... even though it was Black & White with an antenna in West Virginia.
posted on 02/20/2003 5:03:37 PM PST
(This tag line available for rent or sale. Cheap.)
Wow,cgk-- thanks for the memories. I remember being pissed and depressed about the Clintons and then, discovering FR in '98. I'm still pissed and depressed about the Clintons but its good to know I have company.BTW, Saturday mornings were all about Heckle & Jeckle.
posted on 05/21/2003 4:02:45 PM PDT
by fat city
(This space for rent)
To: fat city
;) I lurked for far too long myself. I can't even remember our original FR sign-on. (I took a break in there for awhile due to illness).
Back then, I felt strangely inadequate against all the "smart conservative grass-roots folks" who obviously read up on all this stuff and could recite it note and verse like breathing air. I realized many/most were getting all that "stuff" right here on FR. As to what the rest were breathing - well.. there you go. :)
BTW - I'm enjoying the new "Boomerang" channel - it's been showing a lot of the old cartoons, like Underdog!
posted on 05/21/2003 4:10:29 PM PDT
(It is liberal dogma that human life is an accident - Linda Bowles (r.i.p.))
Cool! I would like to see FreeRepublicTV...
The RNC has a great TV studio on the concourse level at our headquarters in DC. I was there when it was built and they never really used it the way I would have.
Anyway, just a thought.
posted on 05/21/2003 4:19:01 PM PDT
(same old problems, different day...)
Re: "This software is optimized for use with Netscape Navigator 2.0 and above"
Ahhhh the good old days . . . when software companies thought they had a chance in hell against Bill Borg-Gates.
posted on 05/21/2003 4:26:54 PM PDT
(Al Sharpton. Because, like todays Republicans, it's time minorities hold real power)
Actually, Mr. Peabody was the owner, and named his pet boy Sherman. As the regular intro for the cartoon put it, "Every dog should have a boy."
posted on 05/21/2003 4:42:38 PM PDT
To: Jim Robinson
Jim...forgive my ignorance as a newbie...but what lawsuit???? Did clintoon force you to take some things down? or just copyright sources?
posted on 05/21/2003 6:46:01 PM PDT
(nothing of importance here, go on about your business)
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