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Charles Oropallo's background growing up was in electronics. Charles was always fascinated by logic devices and computers. One of the fields he was trained in was telecommunications maintenance during his time in the United States Marine Corps in 1969.

In 1977 the Star Trek game on the Radio Shack TRS-80 sold him on it. He purchased one as soon as they were available.

It was never a huge leap that by November of 1977, Charles Oropallo authored and implemented what, at that time, was referred to as an online Bulletin Board System (BBS). Charles called it Access-80. The Access-80 BBS operated on his highly modified Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I, Level II microcomputer. He had added additional memory to it and function keys. It operated from a downstairs room in his home in East Greenbush (Rensselaer County), NY. While Access-80 is long gone, Charles's daughter still lives there.

Charles's Access-80 BBS definitely wasn't the first such system put online. There were already a handful of such systems online for public use on the entire planet when he put up Access-80.

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The original Access-80 on a Radio ShackTRS-80. Photo by Charles Oropallo.

Charles Oropallo wrote a host program in Z80 assembly language and a bulletin board system (BBS) program in BASIC that ran on this TRS-80 system. The message handling program he named "email" (and even though he was not the first to use it, Charles still very much wishes he had registered the term email with the United States Trademark and Patent office).

The purpose of Charles Oropallo's Access-80 BBS was to provide a personal messaging and informational sharing on a public system for local computer enthusiasts.

Access-80 was originally placed online in East Greenbush (Rensselaer County), New York with a Radio Shack 300 baud modem and home brewed auto answering device. As a frame of reference, today's telephone dial-up can run as fast as 53,300 baud. At that time, there were only a handful of such systems available for anyone with computers and modems to dial in to.

Shortly after, Access-80 was concurrently placed online in Schenectady, New York, by a friend of Charles's.

In 1982, Charles Oropallo moved from the Rensselaer, New York area to Nashua, New Hampshire, and so did Access-80. Charles's original Nashua Access-80 setup is shown above.

It was not long before it another Access-80 was concurrently online in Londonderry by Carl Robertson, another friend of Charles's, as well as Nashua.

Access-80 remained online until it was retired in 1987.


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