A Wanderer’s Tale

Kirby Urner
9 min readFeb 10, 2023

I launched a career in cyberspace publishing soon after hypertext became a thing. I’d been hoping for just such a technology.

Thanks to my account with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), I was able to participate in an online newsgroup-like format even before using Usenet, as our network was then a separate experiment, distinct from ARPA’s, which latter was more like what we’re using now (tcp/ip based).

I was living in nearby Jersey City at the time. I’d connect by modem from St. Peter’s College on Kennedy Boulevard. I was a high school teacher at St. Dominic…