Microchess had been written by Peter R. Jennings not the newscaster whohad a small software company named MicroWare in Toronto, where I lived. I met Peter throughout the late, great Jim Butterfield and made adeal for Personal Software to put up a game forthe Pet I hadwritten, and that they askedme to come back work for salary, first for MicroWare, and then Personal Software,the firm Peter established along with Dan Fylstra. Dan was living in Cambridge,MA, and had met and was working with Bob Frankston and Dan Bricklin whohad written Visicalc the first spreadsheet and the programthat would successfully create the microcomputer applications enterprise. I loved reading the jokes, but like most people was frustratedwith the noise that went together with them. Always pleased with my senseof humour, I took the steps to create a moderated newsgroup devotedto jokes. Most moderated newsgroups of the day had a moderator whosimply tried to keep down the off topic noise and flamewars. My plan wasmore like that of an edited magazine to evaluate on nice and onlyaccept the jokes I felt were funniest. I began by culling theoriginal rec. humor newsgroup, but eventually people were submittingdirectly to me. The newsgroup was builtby taking only 1/50th of what I saw, it wasn't hardfor me to produce anything that had a vastly higher fine levelthan what was on the unmoderated net.