HorizontalLogoFlatKO
  • Discovery Club

    Discovery Club

        Discovery Club
     
    Fridays at 3:30pm

    Discovery Club runs during the school year, September through May, and we take a break when we have our summer programs. It is a weekly science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) initiative

    Read More
  • A genius?

    A genius?

    Hear from Dr.
    Zinkgraf at
    5 p.m. May 23
  • This summer!

    This summer!

    Kazoo kicks
    off our summer
    at 10:30 May 31
  • Trust your Doc?

    Trust your Doc?

    Who can you
    TRUST with your
    health care?
    Noon, May 24
    At the Library
  • Join our film fun

    Join our film fun

    We enjoy
    movies and
    much more.
    Please come!
  • Want to help?

    Want to help?

    Teens make a
    difference at
    the library!
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8

Search the Catalog

Librarian Blog

  • Most parents don't help

    When it comes to helping their kids pay for a college education, most parents just aren't. Not...

  • An A for effort?

    I feel kind of sorry for the folks who put together the American Writers Museum in Chicago. The...

Now that Wimberely has new City Council members, I hope:
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
  • Votes: (0%)
Total Votes:
First Vote:
Last Vote:

Is it fake or true?

Let us help you decide whether what you have just read or heard is true or fiction. Click here to find a resource page dedicated to helping you make informed decisions about what you find in the media.
Text Size
English Spanish

I was managing editor of the Wichita Falls newspaper when I first heard about the World Wide Web, although when I heard about it, it wasn't called that.

My copy desk was comprised of tech-savvy people who discovered "bulletin boards," especially one erected by our chief of police.

And they had learned how to use a crude version of e-mail.

They did not exactly let me in on these advances.

Instead, I stumbled into the Internet at a national Associated Press Managing Editors convention in Dallas. One of the sessions was about the Internet, although they did not call it that, and I was completely dumbfounded by what I saw presented.

I would like to say I instantly recognized the impact the Web could have on information technology ... and I did.

I hurried back to Wichita Falls and pulled together my most technologically informed staff members and tasked them with finding out everything they could, with the idea that we would explore how to use the Web to extend the reach of the newspaper, how we could monopolize it to keep our franchise.

Some months later, it appeared that our corporate managers had picked up on the potential, and they decided that all Web-oriented tech advances would be coordinated through them, thus centralizing the process and leaving me and my techies out of the whole thing.

And that's the story of my life with the Web. Corporate headquarters trying to lead innovation, but actually slowing everything down.

It was all hugely frustrating, right up to the end of my career two years ago.

The American-Statesman has some remembrances in Sunday's paper about where various folks were when they learned about the Web. Many of them had a much less frustrating time of it than I did. It's a recommended good read.

DMC Firewall is a Joomla Security extension!