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Old 21st Oct 2019, 15:37
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There are other sites that have a more relaxed attitude to posts, PPRuNe stopped most of that sort of thing and actively booted out folks who weren't crew many years ago.
Many are now on FB.
Work forbids me posting about it.

I married Checkboard.
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Old 21st Oct 2019, 15:56
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Who might be the Father of today's Forum?
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Old 21st Oct 2019, 16:11
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Tony Draper passed away? Sorry to hear that.
I have been around, on and off for 20 years or so. (Lost some seniority with the big server crash)
Also got some time off without pay for rude remarks after someone issued me death threats right here on the board.
Met the Guvnor in person, interesting character to say the least..
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Old 21st Oct 2019, 16:32
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Originally Posted by jindabyne View Post
Who might be the Father of today's Forum?
Nobody knows because we're all basta...
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Old 21st Oct 2019, 17:25
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Some years ago, my son was disgnosed with an AVM or Cavernoma in his spinal column. No one in The Canaries or even Mainland Spain could even touch it
Thanks to a few really helpful and advised PPRuNe members,
we located a surgeon elsewhere who performed the very delicate procedure.
The Cavernoma was successfuly removed but the damage to the nerves was irreversable. He walks talks and laughs.
Had the problem went unattended, he would have been in a wheelchair today.

Thanks PPRuNe
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 08:14
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I seem to remember a chap who was a whizz at computers, I think he loved Apple stuff?
I think he also did stuff to do with exhibitions but for the life of me I can't remember his
username. Oh yes and he could be a tad "sharp" with his replies if he didn't agree with
someone's views. Haven't seen him on here for a few years now.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 08:31
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Probably ‘mixture’
Much missed, and very informative especially re Apple stuff.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 10:03
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I joined back in 97/98 in the days when it was very different, but lost my details in the 2000 server crash.

It sure was a different place. Us ozmates were banished to our own forum as the motherland contingent got sick of the complaints about Dick Smith!

Had a PPRuNe bash at my pad in Darwin in 1999, got to know a few there.

The days of PPRuNe chat, some nights with the usual crowd, left me in tears of laughter.

And wiz. RIP.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 10:15
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Joined somewhere in the 1990's, back then the forum was a good tool for finding new airlines for business purposes, certainly much more social these days. Met the infamous Guvnor many times, he had some wacky business plans but never gave a hint about his dark side. Also remember InFineRetirement, or something like that, never did find out if he ate his hat when an airline I was involved in starting got off the ground!
Just an occasional visitor these days! 18 years retired and spending time between living in Cornwall and Canada, life has been wonderful and I thank all those that have made it that way, wherever they may be.
Like TowerDog I too had threats for something I had absolutely no involvement with, the mods were great though and I got an apology from the offending party. " Sorry mate, wrong one"!!!!
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 10:20
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Originally Posted by NRU74 View Post
Probably ‘mixture’
Much missed, and very informative especially re Apple stuff.
The name "mixture" rings a bell so it could very well have been him, thanks for that NRU74.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 11:40
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Been here since 2000 post nonsense from time to time its been interesting to say the least definately miss Tony Drapers words of wisdom.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 11:53
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I'd been keeping an eye on what was posted here for some years, and didn't join as I'm not aircrew. Eventually someone posted something which I decided I needed to correct, so I joined (having also noticed other non-aircrew were members).
As you can see, I've never thought much of the silly names idea - I am happy to be identified as having the knowledge/views I post. I took the view that if John Farley posted in his real name, why wouldn't everyone!
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 12:34
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Originally Posted by back to Boeing View Post
PS steep, hope you’re enjoying that bottle of red in front of the telly, because that’s the only reason someone would post as whistfully as that.
Indeed some alcohol was involved but I don't need to be mellow to have some fond memories. It was the early days of the Internet and all a bit new but it was exciting to have access to some of the knowledge of fellow Ppruners. It was and I suppose is a tremendous resource.

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There was a spoof PProoone website where I created a parallel of a well known PPRuNe character. It was bloody funny.

The lady in question wasn't the host of the Agony Aunt column by any chance ? I bumped into a different Pprunette a few weeks ago from "Noo Zealund". A rather colourful character to say the least. It's a very small world.
I don't know about the Agony Aunt lady but probably not. I do remember a 'Noo Zealand' lady pilot.
It is a small world too small. One of my user names was outed by a friend and as I didn't want my boss to yell at me I changed to another and very carefully didn't mention what I did. Led to accusations of 'fake pilot'. Which was really amusing.

It was OK for John Farley to use his real name but not for many of us. I once posted something on another small aviation forum where my identity was obvious to those who knew me. Quite innocuous I thought. I got two separate phone calls shortly from senior pilots asking me to remove it. They had good reasons to be fair but I learned the lesson.

I did get a job indirectly through PPRuNe though.







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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 13:07
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For me, the use of a nom de plume here was originally a consequence of my employer being a bit fussy about employees revealing their identity, with anything work-related, on the new-fangled internet thing. I made the mistake of using my real name on another aviation forum around 20 years ago. Someone chose to "out me" to my employer, who then told me to delete everything with my name on it, or face disciplinary action. Caused mayhem at the time.

Seems damned odd, looking back on it, for an employer to be so restrictive, now that everyone seems to bare their soul to the world online. Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but I prefer a bit of privacy, so I continue to use a nom de plume online, just as a personal preference, and as much to protect my family as myself.

Reading some of the stories in this thread, the impact of this modest social group seems to have been quite astounding, and, for some, seriously life-changing. I bet that wasn't something that Danny considered when he started PPRuNe all those years ago. Must be a bit like having children, you never know quite how their lives are going to turn out.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 13:29
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I could not join until 2006 due to, I guess, sensible workplace rules, even tho I was just boring old admin in an unfashionable part of Aviation.
I did like Mixture in the puting bit, and there were some ,er, interesting techie folk and pilots out there.
However, current days seem to me just as good as those good old days.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 13:59
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Good lord, I was in my forties when I first posted here. After I stopped rising to his bait I did rather enjoy the posts of the late 411A. Only really found out about him and his beloved 3 holer when his obit was published here.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 15:11
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Never fear I'm still here...... Though I did have a few weeks orf for being a naughty boy..... Lurked for years but joined eventually.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 17:10
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Originally Posted by Dave Gittins View Post
Good lord, I was in my forties when I first posted here. After I stopped rising to his bait I did rather enjoy the posts of the late 411A. Only really found out about him and his beloved 3 holer when his obit was published here.
Had the pleasure of working with 411A for a while. He was a nice bloke and very generous with his knowledge.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 17:15
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Joined back in 98 or 99 and lost my details in the crash too. Joined again under the same name.
I well remember a good scrap with SKYHOOK over something or other back in the early days. I think we wound each other up a bit but parted amicably enough.
My only clain to nototiety was being banned because my computer ID was similar to The Guvnors (may he rot in hell) and they thought I was him until I contacted admin to find out why I was banned.
I have to say, though, it's not as interesting as it used to be, there don't seem to be the characters on here any more.

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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 17:42
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Originally Posted by Allan Lupton View Post
I'd been keeping an eye on what was posted here for some years, and didn't join as I'm not aircrew. Eventually someone posted something which I decided I needed to correct, so I joined (having also noticed other non-aircrew were members).
As you can see, I've never thought much of the silly names idea - I am happy to be identified as having the knowledge/views I post. I took the view that if John Farley posted in his real name, why wouldn't everyone!
The original forum had a message at the top of the page explaining that it was intended to be anonymous - it was all part of the fun. It's still against forum rules to "out" someone, btw.

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