Did we miss the 20th anniversary of classiccmp?

Paul Koning paulkoning at comcast.net
Fri Apr 21 14:28:12 CDT 2017

> On Apr 21, 2017, at 1:54 PM, Noel Chiappa via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>> From: Bill Gunshannon
>> Surely there were Mailing Lists prior to the existence of the Internet,
>> yes?
> Absolutely. They started on the ARPANet, fairly early on.
> E.g. SF-Lovers (one of the first 'non-mission related' mailing lists) started
> in September, 1979, and MsgGroup (an 'official-busines-related' one)
> considerably earlier, in June 1975. Header-People started at about the same
> time, but alas, we have lost the first two volumes of the archives, so I don't
> know exactly when.

Multi-user communication systems of a somewhat different architecture are even older: "Notes files" on the PLATO system.


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