Bulletin Board Systems
Those BBS Days


Before the web, there were BBS's which ruled the online world. This website is dedicated to the BBS Pioneers who helped make it all happen.


Image above is from an old Boardwatch Magazine

There are still a few hundred operating BBS's around the world but they're not quite the same, not since the web took over. The name, BBS, is an acronym for Bulletin Board System and existed for millions of online enthusiasts long before the web took over back in 1993 ...

The web is a much more convenient way to navigate and much cheaper. And unlike the general BBS, the web has a much improved graphical interface and support for tons of other options. BBS's required a modem and telephone line as is now generally required, but now you may access any point on earth via a local telephone number, and with great pictures, and using that all important graphical interface.

LIST OF ONLINE PIONEERS
  (Click on name for more information)

Bob Talmadge
Bob Talmadge, (along with Robert Brennan), are founders and webmasters of BBSDays.com
  Ward Christensen Ward Christensen and the First BBS, CBBS and author of XModem.
  Bill Gates Founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates indirectly helped shape the BBS industry.
  Dennis Hayes A giant among men, Dennis Hayes single-handedly created the early modem market then was killed by the huge, corrupt Bell companies.
  Phil Becker Author of TBBS, IPAD, and founder of eSoft. Author of Introduction to PC Communications.
  Jim Maxey Founder of Event Horizons BBS, created first color images and PC movies.
  Bob Mahoney Founder of EXECPC, one of the world's largest BBS systems.
  Jack Rickard Founder and editor of the prestigious Boardwatch Magazine and ONE BBS CON. First to seriously promote the World Wide Web.
  John Dvorak Columnist and editor, writes for PC Magazine, PC/Computing, PC Magazine UK and Exem Informatica in Brazil as well as other publications. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio show and appears on C-Net Central.
  Bruce Barkelew Co-founder and CEO of Datastorm Technologies Inc and ProComm Plus.
  Frank LaRosa

Developed the very popular Searchlight BBS as a bulletin board system in 1985 on a TRS-80.

  Andrew Milner

Wrote the MS-DOS BBS software package, RemoteAccess.