Well, that's certainly another angle....you have me by 2 years although my first "AROC" was AROC(NZ) which I joined in 1977. At a small gathering in a place called Cambridge, south of Auckland in my very first Alfa, a 1971 1750 Berlina.Late comer to the forum. AROC member since 75.
Ah, the Alfa Digest. Never was a member but I certainly remember it.Hey Alister:
My profile indicates that I joined in January, 2005, so I guess I have 5 years on you. Back before the AlfaBB there was the Alfa Digest. At some point, the BB emerged and we all jumped ship from the Digest, because the BB allowed this high tech thing of posting photos! Wow, imagine that!
My point being that the BB only came into existence in the early naughts, so another way of asking your question might be: when did the BB begin accepting users?
But Jay, do you remember the Italian Car Digest, which came before the Alfa Digest? I became a member of that in 1990 when only college engineering and computer science majors knew what email was. Pre America Online and Yahoo. I had a Fiat 128 and was looking on some hot-rod-digest on a listserver and asked question about my car and a guy from Hawaii - "Renzo" told me about the Italian Car Digest. Most members of it were Alfa owners, so it spawned a new group and the remaining Fiat and Lancia ownwers didn't have enough to say, so it was the first to fade away.Back before the AlfaBB there was the Alfa Digest.
I second that! I'm on a couple of Porsche forums as well, they mainly talk about whether they need to option leather or not and how much their cars are worth. The AlfaBB community is fantastic.I think this forum has some of the most intelligent and articulate people around. Also some of the most comprehensive in terms of project documentation. I browse other forums to read about some engine or other or some welding technique or something. People sure ask a lot of questions around the internet, but answers are often short and without details. Folks who find out something revealing often just say it without uploading any images. This forum is a true powerhouse of information and documentation.
Well, I can't say as I remember the Italian Car Digest, but not sure if that's because it was before my time or because my old memory is too hazy. I was on email pretty early - I had always worked for computer companies - we had an in-house email system back in the 80's, so people outside of academia did know what email was; we just weren't on the ARPANET. Our in-house system was connected to the internet around 1994 when Al Gore said it was OK for commercial entities to do so (which was a big break-through).But Jay, do you remember the Italian Car Digest, which came before the Alfa Digest? I became a member of that in 1990 when only college engineering and computer science majors knew what email was.
Didn't Simon start the Alfa BB? I recall that it was privately-operated in its early years, and we users were up in arms when its founder sold it to a commercial company.alfaparticle said:I think that Simon Mestas was one of the original members and his join date is Nov 23, 2002
This is true. In addition if I remember correctly he announced that he was selling his last Alfa and was getting out of the Alfa community. If that is not so, let me know. Me too my memory plays tricks on me. Maybe someone can check his last post if he still has an account.Didn't Simon start the Alfa BB? I recall that it was privately-operated in its early years, and we users were up in arms when its founder sold it to a commercial company.