First ever POA post and longest active member?

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  1. 455 Bravo Uniform

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    So anyone have a link to the very first non-admin post on POA?

    And who has been around the longest that is still active?
     
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    I know I’m one of the first 100. Been wasting my time here for 15 years. :)
     
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    Not only have you wasted your time... ;)
     
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  5. Dave Theisen

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    No kidding! Lol!
     
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    Longest active member is @bbchien who joined 2/13/2005, followed by @wsuffa who joined 2/22/2005. Many of the original members no longer frequent the site. Not sure how to search for the first post.

    Edit, looks like @Dave Theisen was pretty early too, at 2/23/2005
     
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    3/2/2005 for me. So close to the beginning.
     
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    So how did it start? Bunch of guys that knew each other? Or a random “if I build it, they will come”? Who was the creator(s)?
     
  9. Dave Theisen

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    AOPA was threatening to shut down their board, so a group of us migrated here. I don’t think the originator (Chuck) is active, I don’t even see his screen name in the member list.
     
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    this is true, however he is member #69. lotta people would pay good money for that prestigious #.
     
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    Actually, just think if none of us ever joined this clown show. We would never have met each other or have shared the good times together. I credit POA for many of the friendships that I have today.
     
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    The first publicly viewable threads are threads 8 & 25...

    https://www.pilotsofamerica.com/community/threads/answers-to-common-questions.8/
    https://www.pilotsofamerica.com/community/threads/welcome-to-pilots-of-america.25/

    Both were started by Check (Greebo), the original founder of the board.

    I don't remember who the first MC members were, so I can't tell you the first thread started by somebody that wasn't on the MC.

    It *might* have been this post by Ben (spiderweb) at thread 46.

    https://www.pilotsofamerica.com/community/threads/good-job-chuck.46/

    FWIW, you can peruse the old threads by thread ID. Just replace the last segment with the thread ID that you're looking for. For instance...

    https://www.pilotsofamerica.com/community/threads/8
    Will expand thread 8 to the real URL of...
    https://www.pilotsofamerica.com/community/threads/answers-to-common-questions.8/

    Just increment the 8 and you can look through the original threads.
     
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    The oldest post still existing appears to be:
    https://www.pilotsofamerica.com/community/posts/1/
    but I suspect some posts were lost in the switch to XenForo, because the second post in that thread appears to be replying to an earlier post that's not there.
     
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    2/23/2005 for me, too. I think that was the day the yellow board announced it was going to shut down and someone said "let's start our own"
     
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    Wow. Didn't realize I'd been here since 2009.
     
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    If I remember correctly, the original MC included Chuck (Greebo), Brian Austin (BA), Dr. Bruce, and.... One other that I can't remember (he owned an Extra for a while). Ron Levy came on to the MC a bit later, and I came in after Ron.
     
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    Chip was the other.
     
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    Chip Gibbons, good guy!

    Here he was getting ready to take Toby up in his Extra:

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    Some disjointed memories of that; I remember during his pull-ups, I could clearly hear the airframe pushing air, somehow even over the sound of the engine; ‘woosh’!

    and do I remember him leaving early b/c a daughter broke an arm in school sports?
    Yes, he is a great guy
     
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    I'm always late to the party: Apr 18, 2005, #351(?)
     
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    Chip. That's it. I remembered early this morning. He is a great guy. Lived in Arkansas, I think.
     
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    I"ll never forget my ride in that Extra! What a plane, what a nice guy. He flew that thing all weekend giving rides!
     
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    3/11/05 here. But I either lose points or get some extra for keeping my post count down to less than one a day on average.
     
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    Wow, this thread had me look at my join date, March 1, 2005...
     
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    I joined July 2005

    I remember Toby, haven't seen her in years. I guess she dropped off the board when she sold her plane.
     
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    There’s several members who were pretty active pre-XenForo that seemingly dropped off after the upgrade. Sometimes I miss those days...
     
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    Does anyone have screenshots of the way the old board looked? I member
     
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    4/9/2005
    My how time flies.
     
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    AOPA announced that they were shutting down their board (which became known as the "Yellow Board" thanks to its background color) for a time, and some of the techier members decided to start a new one in the interim - And this is it. Our friendly "Blue Board". A couple months later, AOPA started a new one, that became the "Red Board" which recently shut down, and somewhere in the meantime some folks decided they didn't like the Red board or the Blue board any more and started the Purple Board (purpleboard.net).

    Yeah, Chuck Haeberle ("Greebo") hasn't been around in a while. Brian Austin was the other main originator, who hasn't been around in even longer. @mikea also provided some technical help I believe.

    Yep. Based at KBVT. Had a Bonanza, a Citabria, and the Extra back then. Sold the Citabria, bought a Husky, sold the Extra, sold the Bo and the Husky and bought a Baron, and then sold that because he had access to a few planes he could fly for gas (T182 and Navajo IIRC). He also flew right seat in a Piaggio for a while. Been a while since I've been in touch with him, I think I last saw him when I was in that area on business in 2013.
     
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