Member since April 2008
- Name: Robert (Bob) Chapman (Alias: DJ Gamecock)
- Location: North Charleston, South Carolina USA
- Email Address: Gamecock81[AT]yahoo.com
- Yahoo Instant Messenger handle: DJGamecock
- Things I Care About: Family, friends, online communities, high search engine rankings, University of South Carolina Gamecock Sports, music, radio and disc sports such as Ultimate Frisbee and disc golf (but not necessarily in that order). In fact, this order of importance tends to change wildly based on current season.
- My Websites:
- TopSitesAmerica.com - Voted as THE Topsite of The Year for 2007 - over an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 topsite lists now online worldwide.
- AwardWinningWebDesign.com - The Top 50 Award Winning Web Sites List is now THE Longest-running Top Site EVER! Started in May 1999 at TopsiteLists.com - The Original Free Topsite List Host. He became forum leader and paid staff, trusted on a daily basis to maintain web server running 90,000+ active topsite lists and 250,000+ member sites.
- LighthouseSites.com - Started in July of 2001, this topsite list quickly became the global lighthouse portal to lighthouse fans worlwide.
- CarolinaSites.com - The first and most successful USA regional area topsite list, which recently celebrated its 5th Anniversary online.
- AwardWinningWebSiteDesigns.com - Bob's web design site was once ranked #1 in USA for the phrases "web site designs" and "site designs" in Google, Yahoo, MSN Search, AllTheWeb and Alta Vista at the same time over more than 50 million result pages (Yes, he has saved online screen shots to prove this).
Dial-Up BBS (Bulletin Board System) History:
I became addicted to going online back in 1983 when Compuserve was the center of the online universe and speeds were at 300 baud (300 bits a second - about 200 times slower than today's modern 56K modems!). I upgraded to 1200, then 2400, then 9600, etc. As soon as a higher speed modem became available, I bought one right away (often at a hefty premium price). Believe it or not, my brand new US Robotics "Dual Standard" 14.4 Kb. modem with new v.42bis cost in excess of $1,000.00! (It's probably worth a whopping $5.00 today.)
The HUGE online plunge for me was when I decided to become a SysOp (System Operator) myself and open up my own public system called Earth Art BBS! I wanted it to be the coolest BBS in the world at that time and I essentially achieved that lofty goal (basically writing a blank check that ended up costing me about $5,000.00).
My strategy was to do something that had never been done before, so I did. My BBS was THE World's First BBS hooked up to a Satellite Dish! Downlink was only 9600 baud, but I could uplink data to go nationwide.
For a very brief period of time, I was on top of the online world. 10 days after my BBS went public (at 12:01 AM on 12/01/92), the first web server in USA went online. (VERY few knew what a web server was in those days!)
My BBS soon made me an "online rock star" and my system was featured in numerous computer magazines like Computer Shopper (still around). It got written up with cover story articles in Boardwatch Magazine (THE BBSing publication) and Online Access (both mags long gone). I also got mentioned in AP, OMNI, Decor, etc.
I attended ONE BBSCON (Online Networking Exposition + BBS Convention) every year from 1992 until last one in 1995 when Windows 95 came out. Jerry Yang of Yahoo got his first online award in Tampa Bay that night. That show sounded the alarm that the web was suddenly HOT + BBSing as we knew it was suddenly OUT!
I helped the local Charleston, SC Fidonet BBS network (1:372) become THE first in the world to get all of our Netmail and Backbone files off a dish, instead of expensive long distance modem to modem phone calls. (Many followed the trail we blazed.) What a ride it was to be on the Bleeding edge of Telecommunications!
1976 Graduate of Summerville High School - Our football coach, John McKissick, is THE winningest football coach in the nation at ANY level! After coaching the Green Wave for 56 seasons, his record stands at 556 wins, 130 losses and 13 ties, with 10 State Championships and counting.
1981 Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications - University of South Carolina (Columbia) with a Minor in Media Arts (I was proud to make the Dean's List and be named to WUSC Radio Hall of Fame.)
Graduate study at Charleston Southern University in Marketing and Sales Management (I have maintained my impressive grad school 3.5 GPR for many years now. Since that could go down, why should I ever go back?)
Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) 2001 - Fearing a young punk right out of high school might get a "ticket" he did not have, Bob completed 40 hours of CIW training as required (at that time) by Trident Technical College in North Charleston. After one day in a "cram it down your throat, 8 hours day, 5 days straight" program, he got a break. When his instructor realized he already knew HTML better than she did (or she possibly ever would), he was allowed to come in the next 2 days to be marked present and then go back home to work on his websites.
Above previously closely-guarded secret fact has been revealed here for the first time! Sadly, the importance of the Certified Internet Webmaster program recognition has diminished to a point few have ever heard of it now.
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