Much has happened here in a short space of time. Fine research has been accomplished through this forum, many important topics debated and some great friendships have been forged. A lot is owed to Phil and we can all show our gratitude by making sure that financial support never flags for the work he does to keep this big ship going.
Was it "Titanic Passengers and Crew", Bill? Something like that? And was it circa 1996? I seem to remember it being one of the first sites I visited when I got on-line.
Regardless, both messageboard and the main site are both superb resources. The genuine cameraderie (and occasional fireworks) and the calibre of so much of the discussion makes this a dynamic place to be, and whether it's gentle nurturing or rough-and-tumble gladitorial combat, it's always stimulating!
Inger - you've got part of the name, I think. There was something ahead of "Titanic Passengers & Crew".
1996? Possibly. Let's see, I first discovered the on-line Titanic community just after the THS convention in April 1995. And Phil's original site was a year or so later, I'd guess. So, '96 or early '97.
Ah - how's this for the original name? "RMS Titanic - Her Passengers & Crew". That sounds about right.
Using the old URL (unless there was an earlier URL?), this was the earliest version of ET I could find using the Internet Archive Way Back Machine: 29 March 1997
And in the meantime, many happy returns to the ET message board. Oh, and here's a snapshot of what the board looked like on 6 June 2001, the earliest date I could find for it. There were '29561 messages; 1308 registered users'.
Rather a lovely anniversary to be celebrating, a timely reminder of how much I've got out of ET and the board over the years.
If this ET site is so great, where are the references to the funny little geezer with the glowing finger? Not a flying bike to be seen anywhere on these pages. All I can find is people going on an on about some old boat. I intend to write a strongly worded letter of complaint to Mr Spielberg.