GENESIS OF HUMOURNET

Since you'll be perusing Collages, it's worthwhile to briefly discuss the roots of HumourNet. From years of exchanging the occasional humorous e-mail with a small circle of friends and associates (starting long before "Internet" was a household term), I had gathered a pretty good number of archived jokes and other tidbits.

Then one day I decided that it'd be fun to compile it all and mail it out, more or less en masse, to the small group of people (we're talking four or five here, including me) with whom I regularly exchanged this stuff. The mail folder in which I'd archived these messages was named "HUMOUR," using the British spelling (since some of the earlier stuff was Monty-Python related) -- thus was the origin of the name "HumourNet." And since the mailings were just collections of unrelated jokes, stories, anecdotes, etc., somewhere along the line I started referring to them as "Collages" -- although I didn't begin numbering them for several more mailings. (See the revised version of Collage 21 for more details on the origins of HumourNet nomenclature.)

As time went by, more and more people were added to the mailing list, mostly by word of mouth (or, more accurately, by word of forwarded e-mail). The list continued to grow, and -- in July 1995 -- I went public with it. So now we're here -- on a state-of-the-art Lyris list server, with a moderated mailing list, and tens of thousands of subscribers in nearly 100 countries. All because I decided to clean out my mailbox one day. :-)

(Short aside: In the early days of HumourNet, some of the Collages were routinely cross-posted to SpaceNet, but not anymore. I still maintain the link, though, because Matt -- the obscenely vain SpaceNet list admin -- is such an okay guy.)

Briefly, the history looks like this:

You can retrieve the entire archive of Collages from "Elycion" ( ftp://ftp.humournet.com). They're all numbered now, even though they weren't numbered at the outset. Of course, I had no idea what I was starting when I sent the first message (or any of the next several, for that matter) -- it was just a collection of funny stuff, and we all enjoyed it.

I hope you enjoy it, too.

- Vince Sabio
  HumourNet Moderator
  HumourNet@telephonet.com

HumourNet: Anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of the rest of us.


THE "FAB FIVE" ORIGINALS:

Vince Sabio
John Darling
Brett Sabio
Perri Nejib
Allan Goldberg

... a slovenly crowd. :-)



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