Way back in the late 1980’s, well before the Internet was known as the Internet, I wrote my first game recap of a Los Angeles Kings game.
That was a little over twenty years ago and it was nothing close to a solid piece of journalism. The “story” was written and posted on the long-defunct GEnie online service, once owned and operated by General Electric, back in the days of electronic bulletin boards and 2400 baud dial-up modems (thankfully, I never had to use a 300 baud modem).
Back then, just for fun, I was writing up my observations of each game along with detailed descriptions of each scoring play. My game reports had a fairly decent following and eventually found their way onto the National VideoTex Network online service (also defunct long ago).
About the same time, Kings fan Stan Willis, who was in Long Beach, California at the time, was running an e-mail list (often, but inaccurately, referred to as a “listserve”) devoted to the Kings and in between all the messages from subscribers discussing the team, just as you would find today on message boards on the World Wide Web, Willis posted detailed statistics that were hard to find in those days.
An interesting look back by Gann Matsuda, who’s been at this hockey blogging thing longer than anybody, seems to be the first of us to have been credentialed and the first to join the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and all of that kind of lost in the noise because (unlike some of us) he never really was interested in publicity or self-promotion, just hockey and writing. and he’s still at it, still a hell of a writer, and still a really neat guy.
And deserves a lot more credit for opening doors for bloggers than he’ll ever get. Congrats, Gann, and keep up the good work!