Ward Christensen

Ward Christensen (born October 23, 1945 in West Bend, Wisconsin, USA) is the co-founder of the CBBS bulletin board, the first bulletin board system (BBS) ever brought online. Christensen, along with partner Randy Suess, started development during a blizzard in Chicago, Illinois, and officially established CBBS four weeks later, on February 16, 1978.Christensen was noted for building software tools for his needs. He wrote a cassette-based operating system before floppies and hard disks were common. When he lost track of the source code for some programs he wrote ReSource, an iterative disassembler for the Intel 8080, to help him regenerate the source code.
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  • Online Message Forums: A Tale of the Past, Present & Future

    … to be a trend amongst other organizations and users. Community Memory turns to Bulletin Board Systems Bulletin Board Systems or BBS are the next evolutionary phases of online message forums. The BBS was developed in 1978 by Ward Christensen and Randy Suess and the first dial-up BBS was launched in Chicago, Illinois on February 16, 1978 to be known as, CBBS…

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