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I posted the first message to Conlang-L and was a frequent contributor. I
was a friend of John Ross, the list creator, and David Durand, a later
admin. Feel free to email me if you think I can help with the book.

Ron Hale-Evans

On Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 5:36 PM Amanda Babcock Furrow <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> I actually *was* here since 1991 or 1992, but through lack of vision
> I considered a floppy disk's worth of space precious and did not keep
> the early messages.
>
> tylakèhlpë'fö,
> Amanda
>
> On Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 07:19:30PM -0500, Tony Harris wrote:
> > Same here.  I probably have some record of my early posts kicking around,
> > but it would take some searching.
> >
> >
> > On 19-01-21 18:17, A Walker Scott wrote:
> > > I think it was some time in 1996 when I wandered in.
> > >
> > >
> > > *A. Walker Scott, Author of No Road Among the Stars*
> > > *Sample or purchase No Road Among the Stars*:
> > > https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/872202
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 12:25 PM Chris Brown <
> > > [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > >
> > > > On Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:17:47 +0000, Pete Bleackley <
> > > > [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > People keep suggesting to me that I should write a book. This
> raises the
> > > > question, "What should I write a book about?"
> > > > > One thing that has occurred to me is to write a history of modern
> > > > conlanging. Something like a companion piece to Arika Okrent's "In
> the Land
> > > > of Invented Languages", but focussed on the development of the art
> since
> > > > the Internet made the formation of conlanging communities possible.
> > > > > What should be my starting point? I've been involved in the conlang
> > > > community one way or another since 2003, but I need to go back
> further than
> > > > that. FrathWiki tells me that this list was founded in 1991 after
> "some
> > > > informal email conversations among an early group of language
> enthusiasts."
> > > > Was anybody here involved in those and can talk to me about them?
> And who
> > > > else has stories to tell about how our craft and community has
> developed in
> > > > recent years?
> > > > > "You young people - read your conlang history books!" - David
> Peterson on
> > > > the Conlangery Podcast.
> > > > > Pete
> > > > As far as persons are concerned, sooner or later you're going to
> have to
> > > > approach and get in contact with John W. Cowan, who was not only
> involved
> > > > early on with Conlang-L, but also wrote The Book on Lojban. He was
> also
> > > > involved for quite a while in the Ill Bethisad project.
> > > >
> > > > Speaking of that project, it is still alive and hopping 21 years
> after its
> > > > introduction privately and on Conlang-L.  Although it got quite
> diverse in
> > > > scope, it was at heart and still is in essence a language invention
> > > > project.  I think you'll also want to contact Andrew Smith.  If he's
> no
> > > > longer active here, he is active in the IB Facebook group. A very
> > > > influential language inventor him. I was rather surprised lat last
> year to
> > > > find on Reddit an invented language I could actually understand.  It
> turned
> > > > out to be nothing other than Brithenig itself, though seemingly with
> some
> > > > additional words and perhaps odd turns of phrase.  I was rather
> pleased to
> > > > be able to converse for a bit.  How random is that in the world of
> invented
> > > > languages!
> > > >
> > > > I'll add myself to the list of people urging you to write such a
> book!  I
> > > > think it would be of great interest to a wide variety of invented
> language
> > > > lunatics.  The broader community is so widespread and often times so
> > > > unaware of its own history and its own diversity that you can hardly
> but
> > > > enlighten many people with such a work. I'm sure there are some
> folks here
> > > > in the urheimat that have never ventured away; and I know there are,
> > > > especially younger, glossopoets out there who have never even heard
> of this
> > > > place.
> > > >
>
>

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