Internet Grandadddy and Pioneer Gleason Sackmann

Hero: Gleason Sackmann Internet Pioneer
Granddaddy launched the "Hot List"
K12 American School Directory ©1993

First to wire North Dakota's K-16 schools to the internet
Rated #10 on Newsweek's prestigious List of "50 People Who Matter Most on the Internet." ~ Newsweek Dec 25, 1995 / Jan. 1, 1996

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  • Gleason's HOT LIST began around ©1993 when it was only a text file.
  • You would read about this in theNetHappenings or the K12 Newsletter mailing lists that were formally moderated by Gleason Sackmann who retired in 2004.
  • May 16, 1997 from the Scout ReportNetHappenings Anniversary
    Happy Birthday to NetHappenings!
    I'd like to congratulate Gleason Sackman on four years of continuous, daily publication of the Net-happenings mailing list, over three years of the newsgroup, and over two years of the Web site. The mailing list delivers 50-60 announcements daily to almost 10,000 readers, and another 15,000 people visit the Web site each day. As many of you may know, Gleason produced Net-happenings as a volunteer for over two years, and only in the last 18 months has become an employee of the Internet Scout Project and the InterNIC. We're proud to have him and his work, and wish him many more years of continued success.
Educational CyberPlayGround
ECP launched 1996/strong ECP launched the database July 9, 1998 -- The Nation built this Public Folklore Project. was the first website to enter the K12 school data into a database and publish the information online. People found the first school websites ever published in the world! Around August 14, 1996. Arbor Heights Elementary in Seattle, WA was either the 9th or 10th elementary school with a web site in the world.

We are the "Folk" the unknown culture makers who built the net and the content on it. American Citizens just like you and me, have submitted their school information to the database.

The Educational CyberPlayground, Inc.® has been collecting K12 Information online since 1991!I using the Eudora email client which I'm still using today!!!
5/18 Computer History Museum Makes the Eudora Email Client Source Code Available to the Public.
Early successful email client is released by Computer History Museum’s Center for Software History.

The HotList of K12 Schools
and all Gleason's mailing lists were given to and have continued to be moderated by Karen Ellis founder of the Educational Cyber PlayGround Inc.® ECP

Karen and Gleason

On 9/2/99 Gleason Sackman said the Educational CyberPlayGround site was "Nicely laid out, and an excellent selection of resources. I'm sure it had kept you busy, and will keep you busy! :) I checked out the Teacher, Internet, and Literacy sections. Nice job! Hope you get lots of 'hits'!

The ECP Mission Statement is why this Hot List was turned into a database called the K12 American School Directory. After 20 years it needed a new home so we launched the K12PlayGround.comTM project in 2017 to take advantage of Drupal open source code. See Pioneer Richard Stallman below.

Please submit your school information, we appreciate everyone's help.

You can find every regionally accredited Elementary, Middle and High School nationwide. Public, Private, Charter, Virtual doesn't matter, you can submit it - we take them all. You can also find State and regional education organizations.

Please submit your school information, we appreciate everyone's help. West Indian Proverb:

The Theory of Disruption:
Data can only tell you about the past not the future. A good theory is the only way to think about the future. You have to teach people how to think to be able to come up with the great theory, in order to get things right in the future!!


  • This 1878 letter from Edison is the first documented use of the term "bug" to describe a technological glitch. You read that right: 1878!
  • [Remember] TIM BERNERS LEE created the WORLD WIDE WEB March 12, 1989. This system allowed documents and sites to connect via the Internet.@timberners_lee

Culture Keepers / Community Scholars - I'm still using Eudora!

The story of LISTSERV begins in 1986 when Eric Thomas, an engineering student in Paris, develops a software program to automate the management of email lists. 

Richard Stallman

Richard Matthew Stallman rms launched the free software movement He invented Drupal which is used on this site. Stallman launched the GNU Project, founded the Free Software Foundation, developed the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and wrote the GNU General Public License. Stallman launched the GNU Project in September 1983 to create a Unix-like computer operating system composed entirely of free software. He has been the GNU project's lead architect and organizer, and developed a number of pieces of widely used GNU software including, among others, the GNU Compiler Collection the GNU Debugger and the GNU Emacs text editor.[5] In October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation.
Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, which uses the principles of copyright law to preserve Fair Use - the right to use, modify and distribute free software, and is the main author of free software licenses which describe those terms, most notably the GNU General Public License (GPL), the most widely used free software license.In 1989 he co-founded the League for Programming Freedom.
FREEDOM FIRST: Unethical products that restrict freedom.
Etherpad is a software application that allows for real-time group collaboration of text documents. Riseup does not store IP addresses, we require https, and pads are automatically destroyed after 60 days of inactivity. For added security, access via the Riseup VPN or this Tor hidden service

IN 1999, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead

was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress where he heads the sub-committee on the digitization and preservation of the Center's vast collections. In October of 2000, the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center conferred an honorary doctorate of humane letters upon Mickey for his work in advancing the preservation of aural archives.


Eric Ward Link Moses published article about Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc.


Eric Ward, who many knew as the link building pioneer “Link Moses” and taught so much to so many, died Monday, October 16 2017.He was 58 years old. Ward was, in my mind (and the minds of many in this industry) synonymous with link building.For many, he was the expert in all things link building. ~ Danny Goodman Search Engine Expert


John Perry Barlow was an American poet and essayist, a cattle rancher, and a cyberlibertarian political activist who had been associated with both the Democratic and Republican parties.

He was also a lyricist for the Grateful Dead.

In 1990, he co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit digital rights group that “champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism and technology development,” according to the organization. Barlow is also credited with coining the term “cyberspace.”

"I have not given up on the idea that, as a species, we can be more humane and fair, nor have I forsaken the notion that the greater understanding bred by universal access to knowledge is the key to increasing these qualities in us.“
“Copyright and intellectual property are the most important issues now. If you don't have something that assures fair use, then you don't have a free society. If all ideas have to be bought, then you have an intellectually regressive system that will assure you have a highly knowledgeable elite and an ignorant mass."

"We have a deeply symbiotic relationship with large corporations. I wouldn't want to eliminate them, because they are the engines of our economic well being at the moment. But we need something -- and I think it's governmental -- to reregulate the market and make it free, because the multinationals have taken it away. I don't see anything particularly free about a plutocracy."

Barlow was Fellow Emeritus at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where he had maintained an affiliation since 1998.

Barlow Internet Pioneer

JON POSTEL Internet Pioneer, Dies at 55 in 1998

Jon was in charge of the first domain addresses and kept them in a bottom desk drawer!
Dave Farber Grandfather of the Internettaught Jon Postel

Postel, director of the institute’s Computer Networks Division, created the Internet’s address system and for 30 years played a pivotal role in the technical management and administration of the Internet as director of the Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a federally financed entity. His wise management of the Internet address system enabled the fast-growing high-speed international communication network to connect computers throughout the world.

1973 University College of London Establishes First International ARPAnet Link
Elizabeth Feinler Begins Leading NIC Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler begins to help lead SRI International’s Network Information Center (NIC), where her group eventually develops the first Internet “yellow-” and “white-page” servers, the first query-based network host name and address (WHOIS) server, and the Host Naming Registry for the Internet. As a part of this effort she and her group develop the top-level domain naming schemes of .com, .edu, .gov, .mil, .org, and .net.

This is what it the net used to look like in 1973.

The entire Internet 1973

Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper Real Admiral GRD 34 Computer Pioneer


The COBOL language was developed by Grace Murray Hopper the first female United States Rear Admiral GRD 34 in the US Navy, #GraceHopper. #tech , who made pivotal advances in computer science. Among the amazing accomplishments of Grace Hopper - the discovery of the 1st computer "bug" (a moth).

Womens History Month: Speaking of ALTITUDE Grace Hopper explains Nanoseconds

Women's History Month:Changing Girls Attitudes Towards Computers in the Classroom

Hedy Lamarr - invented Frequency Hopping and never got paid for her patent. The Navy never used it then took it after the time limit had passed for her to be paid. It is now a 30 billion dollar industry that all secret and secure transmissions use for everything on the entire planet!

Technology Jobs for Women: Computer Wonder Women a generation of female engineers.
National Women's History Month

International Gender Equity Resources

Websites for girls and young women.

Fun interview of @brewster_kahle by @Recode's @karaswisher, revealing the beginnings of @internetarchive. Great mention of @openlibrary!

Internet History Timeline

Dr. Richard Feinman said:The best way to learn anything faster:
Choose a concept and study it quickly | Teach it to a toddler | Revise to fill in the gaps | Review and simplify
(repeat step 2 and 4 until you can explain the concept in your own words)

During his lifetime, Feynman was one of the ten greatest physicists of all time and became one of the best-known scientists in the world.

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