To be really brief
, it started as a radio show in Detroit on WJR.
My guess this is where they may have met Joel .. He has a radio background. The show was accepted by other stations across the country. I remember them telling us the new cities that were being added every couple of months. At the time i was able to stream the show live in California. Play on demand type audio was still a very new thing at the time. Naturally, they started a web site. In those days it was mostly a static site. It talked a little bit about the guests on the show, how-to topics, and the 10 steps. They then asked us listeners to sign up for their newsletter. If i remember, the newsletter was similar to todays ... short articles, always encouraging you to re-visit the web site.
After several years of radio expansion I assume there was a large infusion of capital. At that time their book went on sale. Then one day they e-mailed all us newsletter
people and said "Hey ... join the community". (Spring of 06) It was in Beta at that time. There wasn`t even categories
for topics. If i remember, it was just one category. Some key members have stayed on, some have disappeared .... Jonese
, for example was one of the key fathers of the forum.
One of the strange things I noticed is that in the beginning almost no one used a `head shot`
for an avatar, and slowly that changed to the norm ... not sure what that means. Maybe people were just clipping a picture of their dog and winging it. The reason my tag line says (not Sloan) ... its because Jeff Sloan did not have a login picked, so some other guy signed up as `Jeff`, and then things got real confusing. In the end Jeff S. got his Login after some behind the scenes negotiations.
Guys, let us know if i got any of this story wrong