The Story of The New Wall
Christopher W. Thomas (
Tues Oct 14, 1997 at 10:50AM

The Story of The New Wall ....

Back in 1996, Ronald Trang began this project with a little bit of web space and a lot of brilliant ideas.
A perusal of the many pages of games, graphics and works contained within this site will attest to this.
It is a masterly job of inventiveness, and a clear stroke of genius. All who visit here will find this so.

When I first visited - on March 3rd, 1997 ... I was dumbfounded! The sheer genius behind all of it showed
in everything Ronald had touched. ... Being a poet - I was particularly interested in both Ronald's poetic
work and everything which had been posted on "The Wall" - now known as Old Walls Number 1 thru 7.

I became a constant visitor in the following months, and - eventually - posted close to 300 works of my
own - first - just sayings of mine, and a scattering of free-form verse on Old Wall Number 6, and then 7.

On March 16th, seeing my constant visits and additions - Ronald chose to initiate The New Wall -
which was designed to set the scene for the more serious work myself (and others) chose to post -
instead of the graffiti which The Old Wall seemed to attract.

During the following months - The New Wall attracted many visitors, and eventually caused posting
problems. The original server was overwhelmed with the space demands needed to keep it going,
and it soon became apparent both myself, and - eventually, Ronald too - were no longer welcome.

In the month of July, therefore - I initiated my own site - The Tristram Home Page, and proceeded to write
my work there. I also posted about a dozen of my works in audio clips, as well as text. Unfortunately,
these "broke the bank" as-it-were, and it became necessary for me to withdraw my audio renditions.

This caused me to lose interest in maintaining my own site, and I started to look around for another
place to post my work. During the month of August, Ronald - feeling the same pressure I had experienced,
had chosen to change his Internet Service Provider, and rerouted everyone from his old site at Erols to a
new one at Naweb. Following this, he then wrote me a very nice letter informing me of his move and asking
me to "come back to the fold" as-it-were. I visited once or twice, as can be seen by my posts, but found the
new workings to be unsatisfactory, and the climate not entirely comfortable. Also, The Book of Writers filter
took me away from the collective pool of The New Wall's many visitors. Although I did come back from time
to time - I was not entirely comfortable. The filters which tended to send humorists in one direction (to the
Joke Wall) chatters in another direction (to the Chatting Wall) and writers in another direction (to the
Book of Writers) divided us, and many of us wondered now why The New Wall even needed to be there
still if we were all being routed in different directions. Basically, The New Wall had become a dinosaur of
the past, and only there as a reminder of how we all got to be where we are now.

Interest waned, and the constant stream of visitors diminished - in part as many had gone on to other things
(myself included) and because Ronald no longer had the Cool Sites hotlink direct access from Erols' Home
Page - which had brought most of us here from the beginning. Now it is apparent the sheer genius which
went into this site will now be overlooked by many. As you read this - please realize this page is only part
of a magnificent site with many dimensions, along with wonderful entertainment.

After finishing this - go and visit the other pages contained herein. Enjoy the brilliance, and the creativity
which went into all you will find here. And then bookmark it, and come back again and again, in order to
be presented with the new thought which will be continually posted here. Look at the other sites within
The New Wall itself, including The Joke Wall, The Chatting Board, The Book of Writers, AND The Old Walls
Number 1 thru 7 - which can be accessed from the top right-hand corner. Go to the bottom of this page and
press on Previous Postings ... this will bring up everything which was posted from March 16th to the date
upon which Ronald transferred the site to his new server. This page reflects only posts made since the transfer. If you like poetry - there are some wonderful pieces posted here - and I don't mean just mine. Initially, the concept contained here laid out the welcome mat to some truly inventive genius, and they came - en masse. If you have the time - read everything ... as much of it will open your mind.

If you came here to The New Wall just to read Tristram's work (then please be aware much of it was a
reflection of other posts - some with good intent, and some with bad) - but all of it - came from the heart.

Christopher W. Thomas
10:25am EST Tues 10/14/97