Daffnet Historical Note

January 24, 2009
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I am cleaning out some old files and have come across a printout from Daffnet listing all the members on January 22, 1996. This was when Daffnet was hosted at Mississippi through the influence of Ted Snazelle.

There were 86 subscribers.

Maybe Ben and Nancy will tell us how many there are today.

I don’t recognize all the names, but the only Ohioans I see are myself, Tag Bourne, Mary Lou Gripshover, Al Krismer, Tom Stettner, Naomi Liggett, and Linda Wallpe.

Bill Lee

9 responses to “Daffnet Historical Note”

  1. Nancy Tackett, California Nancy Tackett says:


    Hello Bill and All,

    Daffnet has 411 members from fourteen countries.  Both Daffnet and the ADS web site went live in 1995, soon after the Internet became a household word.  Mississippi College hosted both Daffnet and the website thanks to Ted Snazelle and his associate Craig Lowery.

    The ADS had a strong presence very early in the life of the Internet and the rest is history! 🙂

    Nancy Tackett & Ben Blake
    Martinez, Calif

  2. Bill Lee says:
    In a message dated 1/25/2009 3:13:14 PM Eastern Standard Time,  title= writes:

    Daffnet has 411 members from fourteen countries.  Both Daffnet and the ADS web site went live in 1995, soon after the Internet became a household word.  Mississippi College hosted both Daffnet and the website thanks to Ted Snazelle and his associate Craig Lowery.The ADS had a strong presence very early in the life of the Internet and the rest is history! 🙂

    A 478% increase. Pretty impressive!

    Bill Lee

  3. Phyllis Hess says:

    Actually I remember the time we hovered around 200; I think we can thank Nancy and Ben as all their hard work has more people wanting to check us out!!

    Phyllis Hess

  4. Donna Dietsch says:
    Bill, Nancy and the rest of you,
    This is a very nice number of members.  I think it would be even nicer if some of them would post something on the daffnet now and again.  It is a small percentage of members who do post, even infrequently.
    Donna Dietsch

  5. Bill Lee says:

    In a message dated 1/25/2009 4:45:43 PM Eastern Standard Time,  title= writes: “This is a very nice number of members. I think it would be even nicer if some of them would post something on the daffnet now and again. It is a small percentage of members who do post, even infrequently.”

    But Donna, that’s the beauty of lists like these. Anyone can join and learn all kinds of things. There is really no requirement to also post something back.

    What I think and hope happens is that people sign up maybe to get an answer to one question or just out of curiosity, and then find it more interesting than not and hang around. They’re called “lurkers” and although that name has negative connotations, I don’t think anyone should feel bad about just lurking.

    You never know when a lurker will get inspired and become and active participant. Maybe we haven’t inspired enough of them yet!

    Bill Lee

  6. Kathy Welsh says:

    It would be even better if they all joined the ADS :)>  I’d be curious to know how many don’t belong.
    Kathy

  7. Donna Dietsch says:
    Maybe you’re right, Bill.  We have to get busy and inspire people.  What do you suggest?
    Donna
  8. Peter and Lesley Ramsay says:

    Hi Everyone,

    The Daffnet history has started Les and me thinking – a very dangerous thing to do!!!  I recollect very clearly a meeting convened by Ted Snazelle at an ADS Convention to discuss the possibility of a daffodil discussion group on the Internet.  I remember waxing eloquent on the possibility –  I was involved at the time on a couple of university net groups and knew the value of such groups especially to people like me living in an isolated country. There was sufficient support for Ted to get it going.   Now where and when Ted’s meeting was held is beyond my recall.  This is where Les came in – she has a far better memory than me for events (although I can always recall her birthday and our wedding anniversary – forgot the former once when we were at a flower show in Solihull and that cost me dearly!!!)  So the possibilities  -I think we met Ted first  in 1982 at Nashville – too soon perhaps for Daffnet.  Ted was at the World Convention in 1984 in Hamilton, NZ (which I convened) as a Guest Speaker.  Not then either.  We also met coincidentally in London – amazingly we were staying in the same hotel – remember St Margarets, Ted?  Not there either.  Our next ADS Convention was Washington and then Columbus.  Now that’s where we think it all started.  And from a  small acorn we now have a mighty oak thanks to Ted, Nancy and Ben.

    Over to you Ted to fill in the gaps – where was the meeting,  who else was at it, and how long was your Uni the host?  History is always important but gets even more so as we age.

    Cheers to all,

    Peter and Lesley  

  9. Denis Dailey says:

    Donna. Are you sure you want everyone to participate? Seems to me you’ve been rather cool over a few of my postings. Denis