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BBS: The Documentary Archive

Jason Scott (TEXTFILES.COM)

The BBS Documentary Video Collection is a varied set of video items collected by Jason Scott, curator of TEXTFILES.COM. These are recordings about and from the era of the domination of ASCII and Dial-up Bulletin Board Systems (roughly the 1970s through the 1990s, with examples far before and after that).



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Deth Veggie has been a close friend for over a decade, and his position in the Cult of the Dead Cow came around in the early years of knowing him. Founded in 1985, the group went from textfile-writing to world-wide media mavens to security pundits. Along the way, they found themselves in a great and unique position as "hacker celebrities". As the image grew somewhere out of control, I knew many of the members as friends, and saw both sides of the story. This interview has a unique...
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Recorded as part of the BBS Documentary production, this is a collection of edited clips that were used in some way in the final documentary, now presented in contextual form. The general theme of the clips are references to FidoNet or FidoNet-related subjects. These clips are provided for historical value and have not been checked for accuracy or sourcing. The statements and descriptions of statements were done at the time of editing in 2004 and should be considered first-draft filenames that...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Steve Garfield
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BBS Documentary Interview: Mark Herring
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Interview with John Sheetz for BBS: The Documentary. Conducted on March 22nd, 2003 in New Providence, New Jersey. Discussions center around teletype art and the use of Ham Radio to transfer text-based images. Techniques in creating RTTY art, the process of transferring artwork over Ham Radio, and some occasional copyright issues are all covered. Speculations on the future of the art, as well as what other skills Mr. Sheetz picked up in the medium. Sadly, Mr. Sheetz passed away in January of...
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Interview with Ted Beatie for BBS: The Documentary. Conducted on February 12, 2002 in Cambridge, MA. Discussions cover both the use of early modems, fitting in the dialing in of BBSes into a student's schedule, comparison to the MIT Zephyr and IRC chat systems, and an extended discussion in the experience of Diversi-dials. This interview was conducted in a highly conversational style, with both interviewer and interviewee talking equally at some times. Ted Beatie has a low-volume voice and as a...
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BBS Documentary Interview: SYSOP of OSUNY
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BBS Documentary Interview: Robert A. Fowkes
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BBS Documentary Interview: Denton Fidonet Group
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BBS Documentary Interview: Phillip Heller
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BBS Documentary Interview: Randy Suess
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BBS Documentary Interview: Jayne
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Interview with Philip J. Kaplan, "pud" of FUCKEDCOMPANY.COM, for BBS: The Documentary. Conducted on March 2nd, 2002 in New York City, NY. Questions center around running a BBS, pirate groups, modem costs, what makes a web forum or BBS worthwhile to post on, tips for inciting conversation, and speculations on the personality behind running a BBS. Contains profanity. The interview was conducted in a rehearsal space leased by Mr. Kaplan and his band, and so the sound is unusual in that...
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Interview with Bruce Fancher, Dead Lord of Legion of Doom (LOD) and co-founder of the MindVox bulletin board and internet service provider, conducted on October 13, 2002 in New York City. Topics include TAP meetings, connecting to different bulletin boards, busts, the operations and internals of MindVox, hacker ethics and motivation, and opinions and thoughts about the mid 1990s explosion of interest in internet and politics. Some noise reduction is in place, and the interview was conducted...
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Interview with Tracer, artist for the ANSI art group ACiD. Conducted on March 8, 2004, in New York City, New York. Subjects discussed included ANSI art groups, switching groups based on opportunity, power structures of art groups, creating art in both ANSI and RIP graphics, and which artists Tracer found impressive. Post-BBS events are discussed as well. At the beginning of the interview, a heat pipe clanks occasionally during both questions and answers, and then calms down for the remaining...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Greg Ryan
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Interview with Lynn Crumbling for BBS: The Documentary. Conducted on February 29, 2004 in York, Pennsylvania. Covered his early experiences with BBSes, his favorite boards, and influential figures in his early computing life that led him to his current career. Also a discussion about his favorite general computer memories.
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BBS Documentary Interview: Frank Segler (The Freeze)
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Recorded as part of the BBS Documentary production, this is a collection of edited clips that were used in some way in the final documentary, now presented in contextual form. This set of clips are unused or barely-used clips that lasted a long time in the editing timeline until being cut during the last rounds. These clips are provided for historical value and have not been checked for accuracy or sourcing. The statements and descriptions of statements were done at the time of editing in 2004...
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Interview with b0b lee, maintainer of the Steel Guitar Forum (http://steelguitarforum.com) and creator of the b0badel BBS software package. Conducted in Cloverdale, California on May 31, 2003. I was woken that morning in a hotel in the middle of Cloverdale with the news of the birth of my cousin's daughter, Rhiannon Marie. Interview subjects include the first time b0b encountered BBSes, real life meetings of BBS users, the unique experience of using BBSes, the b0badel software (and comparison...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Curt Vendel
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BBS Documentary Interview: Chet Lawrence
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From the collection of Rev. Michael Chowning. This tape is an introduction the TBBS bulletin board software, hosted by Phil Becker and Alan D. Bryant. In this 43 minute tape, you are introduced to the basic ideas behind TBBS, usage of the software, setting up modems and menus, and other related tasks. Becker and Bryant demonstrate all the related concepts clearly and cleanly. Original format was VHS tape, and meant to be included with the 1993 releases of TBBS. Portions of the beginning of this...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Killa Hertz (ACiD)
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BBS Documentary Interview: Bryan Scott Hill
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From the collection of Mark Grennan, this collection of tapes includes presentations and discussions from the International Fidonet Association's 1987 Board Meeting, as well as the 1988 Board Meeting. It also has a number of presentations regarding FidoNet that were held at some Fidonet gatherings.
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BBS Documentary Interview: Frank Deignan
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BBS Documentary Interview: Anthony J. Kay and Lyndon Payne
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BBS Documentary Interview: Various DEFCON Attendees
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BBS Documentary Interview: Maury Markowitz
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BBS Documentary Interview: Dave McClure David Paul McClure, 64, of Luray, Va. passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Sentara RMH after a long battle with kidney disease. Dave was born at the San Diego Naval Base on March 9, 1952 and was the son of the late Donald and Alverta McClure. As a navy kid, Dave lived in many locations including Kodiak, AK and Sasebo, Japan. Dave was a 1974 graduate of the University of Iowa and ROTC. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force and flew...
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Charles Alton Forsberg date of birth May 6 1944 date of death September 24 2015 Charles Alton "Chuck" Forsberg Chuck Forsberg died on September 24, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. He was 71. Chuck was a man of many accomplishments. He exhibited a multi-faceted persona that friends, family, loved ones and even Chuck would acknowledge, was at times quirky and contradictory. Chuck Forsberg was: An intellectual genius, who always seeded his ideas, accomplishments and creations with a stiff...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Epsilon Process
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BBS Documentary Interview: Steve Catmull and David W. Terry
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BBS Documentary Interview: Ken Spence and James MacFarlane
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Interview with Mark Nasstrom for BBS: The Documentary. Conducted on May 24th, 2003 in Seal Rock, Oregon. Discussions include running election results through BBSes, communication issues in sparsely populated areas, and Boardwatch magazine.
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BBS Documentary Interview: Victor and Marian Volkman
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BBS Documentary Interview: Nick Sklavounakis
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Interview with Rich Schinnell, conducted on February 29, 2004 in Rockville, Maryland, for the BBS Documentary. The interview centered around early IBM PC-compatible user groups and hardware of the 1982 period, including the early compaqs, IBMs, and the challenges of software and usage of them. Also discussed philosophy of sharing software, profiting from public domain software, tyrranical sysops, and PC-TALK/RBBS. There is one drop-out in the last third of the interview, a one-second loss of...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Jon Larimore
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BBS Documentary Interview: John (Alexis) Riley
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BBS Documentary Interview: Joe Russack (Dr. Strangelove)
BBS Documentary Interview: Midwest Pirates' Guild, Greg Schaefer
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Interview with Milky Puppy and Liz, BBS users, in Toronto, Ontario on May 25, 2002. Subjects covered included early BBS use in Chicago and Toronto, various BBSes run by Milky and their unique themes, the YIP group, BBS Meets, co-sysop and sysop duties, Atari and Macintosh platforms, and points of pride or highlights from BBSes. This interview was conducted towards the beginning of the film cycle, when I had more of a "conversational" style to the interviews, meaning I am a notable...
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Interview with James Willing, conducted for BBS: The Documentary. Held on January 28, 2004, in Yates Center, Kansas. Willing ran what is definitely one of the first 10 and likely one of the first 5 dial-up bulletin boards, in 1978: CBBS-NW. A resident of the Pacific Northwest when the BBS was run, Willing moved to Yates Center, Kansas, to run a bowling alley, where the interview was conducted. Subjects covered included finding out about CBBS in Chicago, the drive to create his own BBS, phone...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Shewolf, Deth Vaggie, Sister Mary Widow
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BBS Documentary Interview: Various CACHE Interviewees
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BBS Documentary Interview: Ward Christensen
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BBS Documentary Interview: Lord Soth (Slothy) [iCE]
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BBS Documentary Interview: The Mentor
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BBS Documentary Interview: Jake Kouns/Rulers of Chaos
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BBS Documentary Interview: PhreakNIC Attendees
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BBS Documentary Interview: Alan Aspuru-Guzik (n0pal)
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BBS Documentary Interview: Milo Tsukroff
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BBS Documentary Interview: John Hedtke
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I entirely misjudged how long it would take me to drive to Los Angeles, and by the time I got in, it was very late. It was late enough that Rob Swindell's wife got on the phone when I called in and said it would probably be a good idea for me to sleep somewhere, and not risk crashing the car pushing myself. As it was, I was less than 20 miles from their house at that point, so I went for it. Rob and his wife were very gracious to have me show up so late for an interview, and although the...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Bob Whiston
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BBS Documentary Interview: Matt Rowland
BBS Documentary Interview: Brian J. Bernstein and David Fleischer
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BBS Documentary Interview: Thom and Irene Henderson
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BBS Documentary Interview: Torray Wallace
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BBS Documentary Interview: Dr. Ripco
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When I set out on this whole "BBS Documentary" project, it had been almost a decade since I had touched audiovisual equipment on this scale, and I'd certainly never tried a project as huge and involved as this one. I knew that whoever the first interview was was going to have to basically put up with delays, weird-acting equipment, and my own stumbling attempts to organize a good shot. To that end, I decided that this person should be someone I knew, someone familiar with being...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Dr. Trevor Marshall
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BBS Documentary Interview: Dale Coyner
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BBS Documentary Interview: Ian Underwood
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BBS Documentary Interview: Eric Greene
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BBS Documentary Interview: Ted Decastro