Tom and Edith Gaylord ran it along with printing the monthly Airgun Letter
It ran from about Oct. 96 to about 2000.
It went black one day and James Kitching instantly rescued us and gave us this place.
When James died suddenly, the Heroic Steve in CT took this over.
Thats the Readers Digest version. My dates may be a bit off.
This message has been edited by airbuff on Oct 18, 2007 4:26 PM
In the early (???) years, Tom and his lovely wife, Beatrice (or whatever) did a great job of reporting about airgunning in the Airgun Letter. When the net opened up, they created a Forum. It was HUGE...especially for its time. Previous to their forum we only had a place called Shooters Guntalk. Shooters was down more often than it was up. A real joke .
Tom and Beatrice did a wonderful job of promoting the sport for years. Somewhere along the line they both dis-remembered (an LD'ism, as I recall) an important thing. As a reporter, you report. Your not the expert.
They were both run out of town on a rail..so to speak. The times were so crazy, both of them even had me in their sites. Beatrice threatened leagal action if I ever spoke of her...which is why I still refuse to use her correct name.
Its really sad to see a person with his experience needing to use a fake name.
I disagree with a lot of what Roland said but then I count Tom a very close friend and
October 18 2007, 6:47 PM
would defend him to the hilt if needed. I just want to let it be known there is another side of the story. Rather than get into a long post and argument that may be deleated I will have nothing else to say here.
I was tired now I am retired.
This message has been edited by crosman140 on Oct 18, 2007 8:06 PM This message has been edited by crosman140 on Oct 18, 2007 6:51 PM
That was sponsored by Marlin, right? as part of the larger firearms forums.
I remember you there. I used to post as Rob P. during that time, because I have an incredible imagination .
Everybody was on those forums then.
I remember when AGLF started too. Alot o' warrin going on then
has it really been a big secret that this is a nom de plume for Gaylord? I think that Tom does have a level of airgun expertise that has depth and great breadth. Besides the years experience of shooting and evaluating airguns, he was directly involved within the industry for years. There have been several great outdoors writers that have used pseudonyms over the years.
I tried to d/l this last night, just the 1.14GB part; went to bed about 1:30 this morning, and woke at 5:30 to feed the cat, had only worked up about .5% or so, estimated time for d/l was 2 days and change. I have a relatively slow comp, and I only have dial-up. Would make more sense to me if this information was burned on to a CD-Rom disk and had the ability to send it to people.
Re: All I remember is somehow getting on an email list of some kind and then
October 18 2007, 11:54 PM
My recollection is that Tom was a shill, Edith was a schoolmarm with a quick switch, and Roland Cannon behaved like he was on crack or some other drugs. I was just a newby, and didn't quite get the whole story most of the time. But it was a while back, so I can't be sure if my memory is accurate.
I do know that I enjoyed reading the Airgun Letter, as it was about the only airgun publication in the US at the time. And the forum was a great resource most of the time. And Edith ruled the forum in a benign way most of the time, but was inconsistent on who was a dealer and who wasn't.
Sorry, I'm starting to tear-up from the nostalgia.
My behavior, at times, was awful. I wont try and defend that. I could have acted in a more mature way, but did not.
The Internet was a fairly new thing at the time. I remember us having new people show up every day who just bought computers. Some of us went a little overboard, some of us behaved like one of the Nuns who could not wait to smack your hands with a ruler.
This message has been edited by rcannon409 on Oct 19, 2007 8:06 AM
I had wondered why the screen name and this answered it. You know I could be wrong but really over the years I have seen this sort of thing happen in life and if we all would stop for a minute to realize that we can all learn things from others that is to me what having a forum is all about.
Contrary to FN19s assertion, there was NO question in the minds...
October 19 2007, 10:30 AM
of anyone who took the trouble to read what was posted under both names, and who had the wherewithal to recognize writing styles and patterns of work usage, or to read the posted profiles of the "two" writers. Only new airgunners, who are the target audience of Gaylord/Pelletier, were taken in by his ruse.
Gaylord uses the nom de plume to hide the fact that he is whoring for Pyramid Airguns. If you read the content posted under both names, you will find that Gaylord/Pelletier never met an airgun sold by Pyramid that wasn't GREAT. Gamos, GREAT! Umarex, GREAT! Air Force guns, REALLY SUPER GREAT! (oh yeah, he works for them too).
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