|MAP OF THE 570 AREA CODE|
|Valley View BBS
|The Budland Express
|Richard Jones, RIchard Jones||EBBS128|
"My brother John got me started with BBSs several years before I had one of my own (he ran N.E.P.A.T.S. and wrote an Atari BBS program called HutchBBS or HBBS). His first Atari modem was one of those acoustical models that couldn't answer the phone, so he built a ring detector. ;> My BBS had a few names over the years as it evolved, but the Archbald Pothole was its final incarnation.|
When I was in junior and senior high school, the BBSs were something of a social connection. I made a lot of friends online, and we ended up forming a county computer club where all of us traded software. Usually the sessions involved computer wars where everyone would tout why it was better to have an Atari, Apple, Commodore, etc.
At its height, my BBS setup was running off an Atari 800XL with 2 Indus GT disk drives, an Atari 810 drive, a Hayes 2400 baud modem, and a stable of printers which I always seemed to wear out. I can still remember the screeching of the modem and the tat-tat-tat of the printer whenever someone logged on in the middle of the night.
I never quite got the BBS bug out of my system, and have been the webmaster of archaeologyfieldwork.com for 10 years. I still have the Atari and hook it up to the TV every so often for old times sake..." - Jennifer Hutchey Palmer