Saturday, November 30, 2019

Still Life with Robin: It Was 20 Years Ago Today

Photo by Bill Adler

by Peggy Robin

It was 20 years ago today
The Cleveland Park Listserv came to stay
It’s been keeping up with all the styles
And sometimes it will make you smile
So may I (re)introduce to you
The List you’ve known for all these years…..
The Cleveland Park Listserv now at!

(with apologies to Lennon/McCartney)

Twenty years….and I almost let it slip by unremarked. We’ve been consumed (understandably, I hope) with the move from our 19-years+11-months host, Yahoogroups, over to our new web/email host, Groups,io, and have barely had time to catch a breath! We did call attention to the one-month anniversary at – which was just last Saturday  -- and you can find that column here:

If you’ve ever wondered what was in that first message on that first day, November 30, 1999, here it is:

(I have added a few footnotes, numbered in parentheses.)

Message #2 (1)
Welcome to Cleveland Park


Welcome to the Cleveland Park email list. Here's a place where you can exchange news about the neighborhood including -- new stores, street construction, city services, traffic, parking, stuff for sale, places for rent, where to eat, schools, and more. (2)

Need a recommendation for a roofer? A place to take out of town relatives to eat? Want to let everyone know about your yard sale?  Do you want to get the message out about a street that's blocked off because of construction? Or do you want to let your neighbors know about a nearby magnolia tree that's in full bloom? That's what the Cleveland Park list is all about. (3) is for Cleveland Parkers who want to know what's happening in their neighborhood. 


Bill Adler
(1) Message #2. Why isn’t this labeled Message #1? My best guess is that there was a typo or a mistake in the first message, which was sent out to just the the two members of the group at the time -- Bill and me -- and so Bill deleted it and re-sent it, making it message #2
(2) One striking thing: Twenty years on, the subject matter listed in that first paragraph is still spot-on. The listserv was and remains the place to discuss new stores, street constructions, city services, etc., etc. Now more than ever!
(3) was the original host. Then it turned into OneList, and then it was taken over by Yahoogroups. The Egroups/OneList period was short, maybe less than two years. It was Yahoogroups up until October 23, 2019.

Now here we are at the two-decade mark, and we’re at Message  #152,278. If you like to look at the numbers and statistics, go to the Cleveland Park home page at and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the 20-year posting record of the group, with monthly message totals from now today back to Day One. 

Gratitude on this Thanksgiving weekend is due to and its founder and show-runner, Mark Fletcher, for making it possible for  so many neighborhood listservs to depart the sinking Yahoogroups ship, with all our archives, files, history, and statistics intact.

And now let us just sing you out with another part of our (badly adapted Sgt. Pepper) Cleveland Park Listserv Anniversary Song:

It's wonderful to be here,
It's certainly a thrill
You're such a lovely audience,
We're glad you’re on the list with us, we love to have you here!

I don't really want to stop the show....but this is where I end this column.

Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland ParkListserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.    

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