Many people have asked how EhBC got started. This page is designed to provide a little historical background.
Tom Legrady contributed this copy of the original message announcing the formation of the EhBC list back in 1993. Please note that none of the addresses in it are valid anymore.
Article: 38773 of alt.sex.bondage Newsgroups: alt.sex.bondage From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Ontario Munch and Mailing List Community Sender: email@example.com (Anonymous Contact Service) Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Anonymous Contact Service @ N7KBT Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1993 06:33:27 GMT Lines: 50 Ontario Munch and Mailing List Community Being Formed ===================================================== Have you found yourself sitting at your terminal, griping about all these social get-togethers that seem to happen on the East and Left coasts? Does it sound really cool to have a social community of other perverts to hang out and party with? I just spent the last 8 months in the DC area, and it is cool. So instead of moaning and bitching about not being able to drive 700 miles for an evening out, join us in the formation of the southwestern Ontario pervert's mailing list and dinner club. Since it worked so well in DC, I'm going to steal both the gags and the format from the DC-area list. Our list is called ehbc (A B C, but pronounced in Canadian, eh? :-)--the Northern branch of the BD/SM/DS Alphabet Research Group. To subscribe to it, send mail to the human moderator at email@example.com. The only function of the moderator is to manage the subscription list: there are no discussion rules. The intent is for social discussions of local interest, but until something becomes a problem, anything goes. There will be one munch a month that is publicly posted to A.S.B to attract wandering newbies. Other munches will be called ad hoc on the mailing list. The first munch is to be held at The Lion Brew Pub in Waterloo on Tuesday April 14th at 7:30 pm. The point to the public posting is so that anyone can come, however RSVPs would be appreciated so we can get a reasonably accurate reservation. In DC, we had between 9 and 45 people show up, so a bit of warning helps smooth things over. The current members of the ehbc cabal are myself (Blaze nee Akai, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com), arnora (firstname.lastname@example.org), Master, and Anita (email@example.com). If you're tired of feeling like the only one around, come join us for dinner. ~~~~~~~~ //\// \X/X Blaze \X/nee Akai -- Please DON'T use this service for tests or personals. Send E-MAIL to: firstname.lastname@example.org to post your E-MAIL item @n7kbt.rain.com to E-MAIL anonymous user email@example.com to test path/get alias firstname.lastname@example.org to contact ACS administrator
The regulars in the early days were Arnora, Bernie and Tom, and the group expanded rapidly from there.
The List Moves
When Blaze moved on to greener pastures, the list got transplanted to a machine called “plg” at the University of Waterloo, where it remained for a year or so. Finally, in September 1996, the list moved to its current location.
1997: The Year We Joined the Web
Here’s the message announcing the creation of the EhBC web page:
From: Karen Davidson To: munch Subject: Announcing... The bare bones of the EHBC homepage! Check it out and let me know what you think... and please don't pass the url around til the majority of the munch crowd has approved it first. http://www.golden.net/~ehbc Karen
Since then, of course, the group has grown by leaps and bounds…