In 1985, founders Betty Edison and Karen Brothers really put the Inmagic brainchild into motion and started a newsletter communication to customers. And one of our long-time, dedicated customers, Karen Evans, librarian at the Anglican Church of Canada, diligently saved -- and archived, of course -- the Inmagic print newsletters dating back to the summer of 1986.
In 1986 I was listening to Duran Duran on my Walkman, watching "Top Gun" on a VCR, Ferris Bueller had his big day off, and everyone held Hands Across America with swatches on their wrists. And as a former Long Island'er now living in Boston, I'll always have conflicting feelings about 1986. You know what I'm talking about (cough, Buckner, cough cough).
Inmagic has come a long way and it's nice to see the history, progress, and growth of a long-time software company that has embraced today's Enterprise 2.0 movement without losing its core base of customers and development principles.
We thought our old newsletters were just too good to leave sitting in the archives. So we're going to post them to the blog over the coming days and weeks. And there's no better place to start than at the beginning, so here's the front cover to one of our first newsletters. (Click to enlarge.)
While we get to work scanning more newsletters, here are some interesting excerpts from the archives I've been reading:
- "When we first began to sell Inmagic in the early 80's, we found that libraries and law firms were among the first industries using computers to manage text." -- 1986
- "It may surprise you that in the next seven to ten years, computers will give you [a] multifaceted environment for your data." -- 1986
- "As a society, we are well on our way to becoming computer literate, but we are still far from being information literate." -- 1990
- "Intranets: Why They're Here to Stay." -- 1997