Acknowledgments and Thank You from Eric Ward Below are several individuals who may not realize how much they helped me over the years
In 1992 she convinced me I had a future in the information industry, she helped me get into LIS grad school, then she was asked to be the interim VC/CIO for The University of Tennessee, and she hired me as her Research Associate. She gave me the green light to be UTK’s first “unofficial” web evangelist, and she then supported my entrepreneurial efforts as my business grew.
When I drove down to the offices of US Internet in Knoxville in 1993, I met him for the first time and asked him if my idea for an online public relations and linking business made sense. He told me yes and asked me what I was going to call it. I had no idea. He said “how about NetPOST?” Bingo. He then gave me my very first paying gig, submitting the URL for a local company’s new web site to Yahoo, NCSA What’s New, WWWworm and wherever else it could be submitted. The fee? $195.
I had the good fortune to meet him back when he was still in college. He’s one of the few people who saw the web’s real potential while others fought it. He created my first logos, and has made fun of them ever since because I have yet to change them all these years later.
Founder of one of the very fist Internet Marketing Discussion Lists. He was the chairman/moderator of the Adobe Internet Conference series, and part of his role was to find speakers. He invited me to speak at the San Francisco Adobe conference even though he had never met me in person. The impact of that show on my career cannot be overstated.
So one night in 1994 I get an email from a guy who had read my post on a discussion list. He had a crazy idea to create an online bookstore and wanted to talk by phone. I remember covering the phone and whispering to my girlfriend (now my wife) that an online bookstore seemed like a stupid idea. But, this Jeff guy was really excited and wanted me to be the publicist/promoter/link builder for the launch. He was willing to pay me my whopping fee of $400, so what the hell, I said sure. The rest is web history, and I cannot say thank you enough, Jeff.
Wrote me my first email management script in perl. It was probably the first email merge program ever created. I ran URLwire using that script for five years.
I humbly say thank you.