#Internet #Basketball #AOL November 7

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Each morning I take for granted that I am going to have access to the internet and be able to publish my daily blog on Coach4aday.

I bought a computer in 1993 because the university I worked for had access to something called “Gopher”. I wanted it for my role as a college basketball coach.


Gopher is a protocol system, which before the World Wide Web, allowed my university server based text files to be hierarchically organized and easily viewed by others who accessed the server using Gopher applications.

So other universities started putting files on their servers and I could view them. Those files included basketball rosters , game recaps, and stats so I purchased a computer. For about two years over 50% of college coaches I told didn’t believe me when I said part of Winthrop University scouting report used gopher. They thought I was from another planet. Today every college coach uses the internet to prepare scouting reports or watch video.

To access the internet at my home we had to subscribe to America Online or AOL.


AOL traces it roots back to 1983 when entrepreneur William von Meister (pictured) founded Control Video Corp., an online service for Atari. In 1989, the firm changed its name to America Online and went on to pioneer the use of the internet in American homes during the 1990s, before it lost the bulk of its market share as result of the switch from dial-up to broadband.

Take 30 seconds and relive dial up internet by watching this YouTube Video

Yes I am lucky that technology has advanced

One comment

  1. Oh, I remember the days of dial-up. I am not sure I would have the patience for it now. Although it was archaic compared to today’s technology I was still fascinated by the information a single search provided.

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