502 Area Code BBSes Through History (80's Version)

MAP OF THE 502 AREA CODE
502-228-4143
LOUISVILLE, KY
TAL The Phone Dimension
(1984)
502-228-7538
Goshen, KY
PAN-AMERICAN, The PAN-AMERICAN
(1988-1997)
Mike PowellGT Power
"This board started out as a part-time board called the Night Shift. It was renamed to the Derby City GT, then became Moe's Tavern, when it came online full-time in 1989. It was located near Lyndon, outside of Louisville. In 1993, I moved to Goshen and eventually changed the name (and number) to the one in the listing. It was still a local call from Louisville. The board was GT 010/022, and also carried AFSN & Intelec. In 1997, I moved to Frankfort, and the board came with me. It is celebrating its 20th year online this Spring (2008). See Listing for "Capitol City Online."" - Mike Powell
502-241-0419
LOUISVILLE, KY
Land of Osz RCP/M RBBS
(1984)
Curt Edwards
502-241-4109
LOUISVILLE, KY
FOG RBBS-RCP/M #24 (Land of OSZ), SoftStone
(1985-1994)
Curt Edwards
502-241-7368
LOUISVILLE, KY
Help Line
(1989-1994)
Terry McFalls
502-244-8219
LOUISVILLE, KY
Scratching Post
(1988)
James Thompson
502-245-3516
LOUISVILLE, KY
Operating Room
(1989)
502-245-7811
LOUISVILLE, KY
Louisville RBBS/RCPM
(1982)
502-245-8270
LOUISVILLE, KY
Fifth Precinct
(1986)
Ascii Express
502-247-3286
LOUISVILLE, KY
EARTH COM
(1985)
502-281-0582
Owensboro, KY
The Pirate's Chest
(1988-1990)
Jason HuntTAG, Telegard, AfterShock
"The Pirate's Chest was the first p/h/a/c BBS in the Owensboro area. It was a single line system ran on a 8088 xt 10mhz system. The BBS software mainly used was AfterShock, which was an Emulex clone. Additionally, it was a beta test site for T.A.G. BBS software. I ran this system when I was in high school." - Jason Hunt
502-361-8842
Louisville, KY
DATA-PLUS, NET-WORKS DATA-PLUS
(1984-1985)
NET-WORKS
502-423-0695
LOUISVILLE, KY
NET-WORKS Baud-ville
(1983-1984)
502-423-1368
LOUISVILLE, KY
Louisville Net, The Warehouse
(1988)
James Thompson
502-425-4052
LOUISVILLE, KY
BBS IBM PC The Billboard
(1984-1985)
502-425-9941
Louisville, KY
Scherer's, Top Gun II BBS, Top Soft Software Technical Support, TopSoft Software, TopSoft Support Node-1
(1986-1995)
John Richardson, David OrrRemoteAccess
502-426-8381
LOUISVILLE, KY
On-Line Exchan, On-line Exchange
(1985-1986)
Mike Weixler
502-456-4292
Louisville, KY
Atari Scene BBS, Atari Scene!
(1986-1992)
Rich LinkBBS Express
"The system was set up for the Atari Exchange of Louisville user group. It ran on an Atari 800XL with 256k upgrade and 60 megs of storage with Hayes 14.4 modem during the last few years online." - Rich Link
502-459-5531
Louisville, KY
NET-WORKS Assembly Line, TAL The Assembly Line, The Assembly Line (TAL)
(1982-1986)
Jeff KibbeyCustom
"My name is Jeff Kibbey, and I ran The Assembly Line (with my brother Mike) from 1982-1986 in Louisville, using custom software. We were the first BBS in the 502 area code, and in 1986, we moved to Houston, Texas and then to Hartford, CT. In 1987, the site was located in New Orleans until it went down when I went to law school in 1990. Thanks - I enjoyed the trip down memory lane with your site!" - Jeff Kibbey
502-521-7011
ROBARDS, KY
KAYPRO RBBS RCP/M, Znode 37
(1985-1989)
Marvin Eyre
502-527-7617
BENTON, KY
Lakeland, The Lakeland Board
(1989-1994)
Curtis HarperPCBoard
502-561-0742
LOUISVILLE, KY
LegNet , LegNet for lawye, LegNet for lawyers
(1988-1996)
Beach CraigmylePCBoard
502-583-0176
LOUISVILLE, KY
JABBS
(1986)
Alan Bunch
502-584-3708
LOUISVILLE, KY
BWNN
(1988)
James Thompson
502-584-4162
LOUISVILLE, KY
Free Pub Libra, LFPL Freeboard
(1986-1991)
Tim Hellner
502-678-5292
Glasgow, KY
Better BBS of Glasgow
(1984-2004)
Larry StellHal's BBS
"This BBS is still running, but the area code in Glasgow has changed to 270. It runs Wildcat! now. It was originally the "official" BBS of the Glasgow Commodore User's Group. I know for sure it was around in 1984, not sure when it started. When I used to log on as a kid, it ran on a Commodore 64. I know that Larry moved it to a C128 for a while and then to an Amiga. After Commodore went under, I lost contact." - John Retronerd
502-684-9855
OWENSBORO, KY
Pegasus,DoorPch, The Pegasus BBS
(1986-1996)
S & R Clements, Ray ClementsPCBoard
502-695-1166
FRANKFORT, KY
Bluegrass Serial Pt
(1987-1989)
Wayne Hollis
502-754-1390
CENTRAL CITY, KY
The Coal Mine
(1989)
Wildcat
502-762-3140
LOUISVILLE, KY
Central, Fido Racer, Fido Racer (11/301), Fido-Racer
(1986-1996)
Bill AllbrittenFidoNet, Opus
502-778-1714
LOUISVILLE, KY
Tandy 1000 BBS
(1988)
Wildcat
502-781-9266
The Anxiety Closet
(1989-1990)
Robbie Drescher
502-782-0260
Play Ground II, Rasputen's Play Ground
(1989-1990)
Wildcat
502-789-2704
Big Blue
(1989-1990)
502-798-4892
Screaming Eagle 120m
(1988-1991)
Jack Jameson
502-821-6130
MADISONVILLE, KY
Cyber Space Cafe
(1982-2004)
Clay Thomas
502-856-3787
Mayfield, Ky
Ground Zer0, Writer's Block
(1988-1994)
Michael Whitt & Andy PerkinsMaximus
502-885-0903
HOPKINSVILLE, KY
GAP Hoptown, HOPTOWN BBS
(1989-1994)
Ron Simonton
502-885-4335
HOPKINSVILLE, KY
Midnight Express 7E1
(1989)
502-885-8223
Hopkinsville, KY
Nightrider BBS
(1987-1990)
Jason Shea Fleming
502-894-0614
LOUISVILLE, KY
Louisville Showcase, The Improv
(1989-1991)
Wildcat
502-895-8866
Louisville, KY
Pikinu's Pampered Pomeranian Paradise, Pikinu's Paradise
(1989)
Charles TaylorWildcat, Wildcat!
"Charles wrote a shareware program called the Online Scrabble Player's Dictionary, and he ran his board as a gathering place for scrabble players and other miscreants. The OSPD was just a database containing the "legal" words allowed in Scrabble. He typed all of these words in manually into RBase, which must have taken months. He and his wife raised Pomeranians, and Prince Pikinu was the Top Dog of the lot, so he named his BBS after that Prince. He had callers from all over the world, who dialled in to takepart in his online scrabble tournaments. Good times ..." - RVhead
502-896-2399
LOUISVILLE, KY
Louisville Net, ScratchingPost
(1986)
James Thompson
502-933-4725
LOUISVILLE, KY
-=* LiveWire Online! *=-, Derby City Net, Kentuckiana LiveWire, Live Wire, LiveWire Advanced Communications, LiveWire BBS, LiveWire Information Systems, Net 2320 File Safe
(1986-2009)
Allen PruntyPCBoard , Wildcat, QBBS, TBBS, RemoteAccess
"We ran QBBS for a time from1986 to 1987 when we switched temporarily to TBBS. I was in high school and could not make enough money to continue to run TBBS so I sold the TBBS modules to Sal Lizard who ran the Mailbox BBS in Charleston South Carolina to increase his line count as TBBS just released their multi-line version. We were growing and switched from TBBS to RemoteAccess. This was pre-Jam message base and we were very popular. We ran two lines and was growing even then. The main # rolled over to the second number and our phones were completely paid for by user donations. We were a message base BBS primarily and we also had a few files and our main game door was the Scrabble door… we had some very good scrabble players. We switched from Remoteaccess to PCBoard when we outgrew the capabilities of the Hudson Message base. There were kludgy utilities that allowed us to do internet e-mail and fidonet. We ran PCBoard for a very short time as we operated as node 1:11/60 in Fido region 11. We were the ONLY fido node in town for a long time and transitioned to wildcat 3.0 for even better fido support when others wanted to join fidonet. Wildcat 3.0 had a better tosser than Fidonet and we ran wildcat for the rest of our time until about 2009. We had the e-mail domain of livewire.org from 1988 through 1992 when somehow someone bought it out from under us and used it for their personal webcam for unreal tournaments… unfortunately that address is not used anymore and we can’t get it back. Domains were NOT cheap back then it cost $75 a year and as a high school student cutting grass I did not get my payment in quick enough to renew it. I was running 4 lines by then. I then was gifted tbolt.com by a friend who was a pilot we ran the BBS uing that for e-mail and news for some time. Until about 1997 when the DSL modems came out. We were one of the first BBS’s on the net who opened up more nodes via telnet and our dial up lines were very popular as we allowed people to surf and FTP over our connection for a small donation each month. At this time we were on Wildcat 5 – Winserver. When We moved our BBS To telnet ONLY we switched our domain to the derbycity.us and went by the name online as Derby City LiveWire. I had a few people who requested a dial up so I returned the BBS online as a dial up using one of the early VOIP services." - Allen Prunty
502-935-6710
Louisville, KY
Louisville's Commodore Connection
(1983-1986)
Bob Myers (Computer Critter)Custom
"LCC began on a 300 baud modem and later moved to 1200 baud. It was run on a Commodore 64 and used two Commodore CBM 5-1/4 inch dual drives - a 4040 and 8250 for storage. I wrote the software in Commodore BASIC and compiled it to machine language. It was part-time in the evenings and later went full-time to a dedicated line: 502 933-5479. Around 1986 or 1987 it moved to an Amiga 1000 system and the name was changed to Louisville's Amiga Connection." - Bob Myers
502-935-8954
Louisville, KY
Starfleet Command BBS
(1988-1995)
Admiral Kadrak - Michael PriddyWWIV
"Starfleet Comand BBS was a WWIV BBS. It provided several Star Trek related message threads, and games. It provided its users with a total of seven registered games including, Tradewars. During the late 80's it maintained a averqage of 80% usage rate throughout the day. After AOL started in our area, this dropped to less than 20%. Shortly after the BBS was decommissioned." - Michael Priddy
502-937-5450
LOUISVILLE, KY
The Volunteer BBS , Volunteer
(1988-2003)
Tom CurrieGT, GT-2000
502-968-5401
LOUISVILLE, KY
D.I.S.K.
(1989-1992)
33 Sysops currently listed.
48 BBSes Listed.