"Politics Online Magazine"

What was POM?

In the early 1990s, I was active in the St. Louis BBS scene. I didn't realize this, but I was getting into BBSes at the time they were reaching their zenith. Within a couple years, the entire scene would collapse as the world wide web became popular.

In 1994-95, I got together with David Killoren and Mark Waelterman to produce "Politics Online Magazine." POM was a short-lived mag we published via BBSes. We only produced four issues.

It's funny now to read the articles I wrote. My articles come off pretty shallow and ill-supported compared to the other articles we ran, many of which were quite well-written.

It's too bad POM didn't last longer. But because we began it at the time BBSes were nearing their death throes, the project was doomed to fail.

The first couple issues were originally distributed as ZIP archives that included an ASCII (plain text) edition of the magazine, as well as a custom ANSI edition with color and formatting. This custom edition had to be read using a viewer program (for DOS) included in the ZIP. POMVIEW.exe was written by Mark Waelterman.

Read the "Politics Online Magazine" (ASCII editions)

Original "Politics Online Magazine" zip file

I have the original ZIP only for the first issue, which includes the special POMVIEW viewer program. I believe it works only in DOS, though it may also work in Windows.

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