The email arrived with the subject line, "Two of the Original StarText Groupies." It was from Dixie and Ed Crawford.
"We got the original StarText Classic on a machine we had built for us by a friend. When the paper started an ISP offering we joined up and had a ball. Sorry -- no online columns or pictures for us but I remember several of the group outings:
-- The old train trip from Fort Worth.
-- The trip to the science museum.
-- A barbque in Mansfield.
-- The ice cream social.
-- The trip to the now defunct horse racing track.
-- The excursion to the movie soundstages
-- The tour of the Star-Telegram plant.
"Most of this was put together by an energetic man by the name of Gerry (Did I miss anything??).
"Anyway it was nice knowing you --- I wish the old group was still active. Of course I was getting a free ISP out of the deal
"Dixie ran across Dave Lieber and the talked a little about StarText --- so I started Googling for it."
Ed and Dixie Crawford
Dixie and Ed -- Great to hear from both of you and thanks for "Googling" your way here.
It's worth noting the StarText outings and get-togethers referenced in the email were more than just fun social events. They also provided a way for subscribers, staff and their families to interact in person; to see the faces and the people behind the bylines and email addresses.
I thought one of our marketing taglines captured it pretty well:
"StarText -- It's more than technology. It's personal."