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It was the maturation of bulletin board services. The Internet was perhaps five years on the horizon. Software was being written for various operating systems, and Microsoft had not quite gotten their edge. The Bridged Crossing was started as an exchange of thoughts and ideas, and surprisingly turned into a meeting place for the future's youth. BBSers were just starting to get the concept of anonymity, and users were discovering the joy of writing prose and poetry to share with others.
The Bridged Crossing was sysoped by Erich Widemark, at the time a teenager living in Phoenix Arizona. It was one of the few BBSes to offer the continuity of many different users sharing a common goal - writing for the joy of sharing, without the immaturity of one line messages (for the most part) saying nothing. It was fun while it lasted, but eventually the software changed, and the operating systems changed.
The system was run on an Epson QX-10 computer, which was Epson's first attempt at a personal computer. It was a Z-80 based system, but with a 8080 board installed allowing it to run MS-DOS at the blistering speed of 2 mhz. It ran QBBS -- in the early days when QBBS would crash if a message base exceeded 32KB.
Much of the Poetry in the poetry section of the website was posted on The Bridged Crossing.
-Erich Widemark, Sysop
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