I'll put this in the next newsletter. It's been a topic in past years, but always good to get the story from the newer members.
What brought me here?
In 1999, the collector known as EvilStar created "The Cartoon Preservation Society" on the free board site Network54. However, in those days, you met collectors on newsgroups, so the site was mostly unused. Forums in general were still not too popular. I knew about CPS from the beginning, but found it useless.
In 2003, while looking for a show, I re-visited CPS. The popularity of the VCD had seen it grow in the past year. But it had spam and scam issues, and the collector AngelOfAnimes (AOA), who had recently acquired admin control from EvilStar, asked for my help to clean up and run the board. So I did. (I think cp32 is the only active member that's used it longer than myself; she is indeed older than dirt!)
^ That's what brought me here.
By 2005, Network54 had become unreasonable, and we moved to the Snitz forum codebase at tvpreservation.com on a paid hosting account -- which is why the oldest TVPast post only dates back to 2005.
(Note: In 2004, CPS and the live-action CPS clone "The TV Preservation Society" had merged. The naming was a compromise: the site was still named "The Cartoon Preservation Society" on the tvpreservation.com domain. But the former admin of TPS was gone by 2006.)
By 2008, Snitz had become unstable obsolete code, so I upgraded to vBulletin.
In 2012, I renamed the site "TVPast", having never liked the tongue twister "TVPreservation". (And BTW, as of 2016, we now own the domain TVPast.com. The .org domain will be retired in 2017.)
The origin of TVPast/TVPreservation/CPS is actually much longer, and much more entertaining. For example, not many people know a coup had existed for months, to oust the increasing erratic Kalmec, the former admin of TPS!
I've seen a lot of good members come
-- and go
-- over the years.
Again, it will be interesting to hear more "origin stories" from the users here.