Posts Tagged “Stacy Horn”

First Memories: Tery Spataro

First Memories: Tery Spataro

Tery Spataro shares her memories of getting online, learning to code, and developing her first corporate website, for Reebok in 1995. She gives praise to the women and some men that inspired her, had the patience to teach her and believed in her. Among the people she is grateful for helping her along the way is Caroline Kavanagh, Jerry Nevins, Courtney Pulitzer, Brenda Goodell, Marvin Chow, Kathy Driscoll, Stacy Horn, and Aliza Sherman.

The Women’s Internet History Project is about honoring the women who were inspired by digital, technology and internet, got involved in the early days to bring it to life. WIHP is also about our connections to each and how we helped each other.

March 31, 2015 Post Under Featured, Uncategorized - Read More

First Memories: Aliza Sherman

First Memories: Aliza Sherman

Aliza Sherman shares her memories about her first encounters with computers and the Internet including founding Cybergrrl, Inc. and Webgrrls International. Aliza’s first computer  was the Amstrad 1640. She pays tribute to Stacy Horn, of ECHONYC.

March 26, 2015 Post Under Featured, Uncategorized - Read More

First memories: Courtney Pulitzer

First memories: Courtney Pulitzer

Courtney Pulitzer remembering the early days of digital, technology and the internet. Courtney talks about getting online, and her first experience coding. She pays tribute to Stacy Horn, ECHONYC and Aliza Sherman.

March 10, 2015 Post Under Featured, Uncategorized - Read More

Stacy Horn

Stacy Horn

Why did you first get online?

1982. I was working in telecommunications and I came across what were then

called electronic bulletin boards systems, aka BBS’s. I explored them for a

while, but they were filled with teenage boys, and while they were occasionally

charming in a “Big Bang Theory” way, they weren’t places I wanted to keep

coming back to.


Then in 1986 I entered the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at

NYU. We were given an assignment to call an online community in California

called The WELL. For me, that experience was nothing short of mind-blowing.

For people under a certain age, the extent of The WELL’s mind-blowingness is

going to seem incomprehensible, because this kind of access it utterly routine

now. But in the 1980s very few people were online, it was mostly guys, having

mostly technical discussions, (or the kind of youthful discussions I’d found earlier)

and there was simply no place like The WELL. On The WELL I had daily access

to a diverse group of smart, funny people, people I’d never meet, or even know

existed otherwise. Mind. Boom.


When did you first get involved with digital/tech and why?

I was in my twenties and I wanted to be a writer, but I needed a job and a way to

pay the rent, like now. There was an ad in the paper that went something along

the lines of, “Someone who is as comfortable with machines as they are with

people.” I had zero experience with machines besides a car, or a tv. Wait, is a tv

even considered a machine? Anyway, I couldn’t resist that ad.

The position paid more than any other I’d applied for, and they offered to each

me about computers and telecommunications. I took the job. I’d never touched

a computer before. Turns out: I am good with machines. Turns out, I love them.


How would you describe your work and professional interests in the

1990’s (or 80’s etc).

Well, I still wanted to be a writer, and after the newness of my experience

wore off I started to get depressed. That’s why I went to grad school. I felt

trapped and I was looking for a way out. ITP offered this wonderful new media

playground, where you were pretty much ordered to explore, risk and play. I

spent a lot of time trying to make interactive fiction work, but this was 1986 –

1989 and the tools were very limited. I tried to use something called Knowledge

Pro and then Hypercard came out, but neither could do what I wanted them to

I was in my last year and while I’d had the time of my life, I still needed a way

to pay the rent, like now. I was on The WELL one day and someone said, “I

heard you were going to start a WELL-like service in New York.” I’d never

contemplated any such thing, but the minute I read that I was kicking myself for

not thinking of it first. “Yes,” I immediately typed back in, “I am.”

I spent my last semester writing a business plan, then in the summer I

incorporated, and by the fall the new online service I’d started, Echo, was up in

running. I opened it to the public in early 1990.


What do think the future will hold internet/digital/tech?

For better or worse (mostly better) the internet and all the applications that go

with it have broken down a lot of boundaries. One of those boundaries is the

boundary of power. The United States will become less and less important, but

not in a bad way, I don’t think. It’s just that the rest of the world has risen and will

continue to rise in importance, and in power and influence.

No one gives up power without a battle, or accepts change without resistance.

For instance, the divide between liberal and conservative in this country is at its

most acrimonious right now, just as America is slowly becoming more fair and

more just (black president, increased civil rights for gays, etc.) So there are

going to be problems all over the world, as we all start to blend into each other a

tiny bit, and then more and more, some rising a little, some falling (or perceiving

that they are falling).


We’re going to lose some things in the process. For example, NYC has lost a lot

of its uniqueness over the last two decades. That is going to continue happen

on a world-wide scale. But loss is inevitable. And the gain, which I can only

compare to my initial WELL experience, except on a global scale and more

slowly, is absolutely worth it.

September 19, 2013 Post Under Featured, Uncategorized - Read More

The Reasons – Tery Spataro

The Reasons – Tery Spataro

I have so many reasons for wanting to make this project come to life. First let me tell you a bit about my own story. I got involved with digital back in 1986. I was a struggling traditional graphic designer. My friend, Caroline Kavanagh showed me how to use a Mac in exchange for teaching her how to spec type the traditional way. I have to admit that learning how to use a Mac was love at first byte. I quickly became good at it.

Caroline’s tutoring helped me land my first computer animation job in 1989. Caroline went on to become one of the US top graphic designers. BTW Nextwave Productions was a startup I was first of four a partnership between Ingrid Newmann and Tim Mueller.

This was first time I got online. I also got into a lot of trouble for dialing up the W’ELL [bbs]  from NYC. I would be on the W’ELL for hours from work not even realizing how much it was really costing the company I just started working for. Until they discovered and asked me to find a local bbs. See they were pleased with my exploration but not at the cost. I discovered ECHO. There Stacy Horn taught me how to navigate using unix commands. On ECHO I learned how deal with my shyness because behind a computer screen no one really knows who your. I enjoyed ECHO for 10 years.

In 1994, I designed my first page with the help of some of guys on ECHO: Howard Greenstein, Jason Anthony Guy, and Josh Masur. Howard informed me of WWWAC formation. It was 12 of us 8 guys and 4 of us women sitting at the table talking about this internet thing. Back then we shared so much.

Being  involved with digital and internet entrepreneurs, having access to in the beginning to people like Stacy Horn and having helpful advice from peers lead me to get involved with several digital startups – some I founded some I was and am talent. Corporate life taught me a few things about business too. My process was fragmented and that’s why what we are doing with Women’s Internet History Project will provide so much with less fragmented history.

The Women’s Internet History Project is about our stories; about the women who helped establish beginnings to this industry. And this project will also help influence and shape the next generation of women who helped to create a purpose and usage of the internet. This project pays homage to us.

May 23, 2010 Post Under Featured, Tery Spataro, Uncategorized - Read More