History: (Not Quite) On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone (But Better)

So the year was 1992 and with a few good reviews from Factsheet Five under my belt, my friend Malcolm Tent offers to interview me. We did the interview in his store, which was where all the local punk rock and similar marginal types hung out, and we pretty much forgot about it until a year and change later when the April 1994 issue of MRR came out. MRR was, and still is, the go-to zine for the punk rock scene, and Cybertek always tried to help and promote the local (Danbury, CT/Brewster, NY) scene whenever we could. Met a lot of cool people in it, and still keep in touch with the ones who haven’t gotten out of it or went underground.

Yea, it was the same year we made Wired’s Top 10, and it wasn’t the cover of The Rolling Stone. It was much cooler than that. I guess you could say it is worthy of being called an Uncle Miltie moment. You see, these days pictures of prepper bloggers posing with guns on the sites is pretty common. That’s all fine and dandy, but let’s go back 25 years to a print magazine that had nothing at all to do with prepping:

Yea, definitely much cooler than the cover of The Rolling Stone.

Anyway, thanks to the efforts of folks at archive.org, I managed to download the particular issue of MRR, and extract the interview. Enjoy!

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This was another excellent book we all wanted for our library, but couldn’t afford at the time. I shit you not, I finally found a copy a few years back at a used bookstore in the middle of Wyoming, of all places, and passed it along to someone else during the last downsizing.

Thanks to the folks at archive.org, you can now download and read it for free.


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Nine years after it was published, I was reading Steven Levy’s Hackers, and was first introduced to Ted Nelson‘s book. Being that I felt more affinity with the 1970s hardware hacking/free speech hackers than any other era of hacking history, I tried to find a copy without success until September, 1989 when I was on a cross-country trip across the US, and stopped at The Whole Earth Store in Berkeley, California. I would heartily recommend stopping there, but alas it closed down some time ago.

This was a top-shelf book in the hacking library for many years. I don’t recall if I loaned out my copy to never have it return, or it went missing during a move over the decades.