Site Milestones: 1996-2007
For the trivia-minded with nothing better to do, here are Avengers Forever website highlights during the course of its lifetime.
September 1996: Site launched. Starting with a whopping three pages, it was up to a baker's dozen by December and looked like this. At the time, the World Wide Web was only 2-3 years old, making TAF a "very old" website today, relatively speaking.
August 1998: After moving to a new server, the site was completely rebuilt and looked like a cross between the original and present versions. Page count jumped to about 100 as I began placing episode reviews on individual pages.
October 1998: By this time the (original series) episode guide was complete, even featuring "The Frighteners." The New Avengers episode guide wouldn't be finished for another year.
November 1998: Patricia English, who appeared in "Mission to Montreal," "The Secrets Broker" and "Never, Never Say Die," paid the site a visit. See special visitors page if you'd like to contact her. Also this month the site received the last significant redesign, and has changed very little since then (although the HTML was later rewritten from the ground up).
December 1998: My business domain was sold to a software company and the site had to change URLs once again, this time to davidksmith.com.
January 1999: Added a review page for "The Strange Case of the Missing Corpse," complete with images.
March 1999: What was to eventually become The Avengers eStore began as a single page with the US books. Also this month, The Avengers Forever hit the radio waves very briefly in Charles Bowen's review of the site on the (now defunct) Internet News.
May 1999: Pete Stampede, author of most of the marvelous guest actor biographies, joined The Avengers Forever.
June 1999: With the kind assistance of Joseph Lloyd, The Young Avengers was launched. Also this month the much-anticipated Avenging Vehicles and utterly monstrous (over 2,000 entries!) Guest Actor Directory were added.
October 1999: A new frame grabber, some industrial-grade image editing software, and more spare time than I'll ever have again allowed me to create the unique Flats pages.
November 1999: With the addition of "The Three-Handed Game," the episode guides were 100% complete, and the site passed the 500 page mark. Plus, On Location was added to give fans some glimpses of shooting locations as they are today.
January 2000: The International Scene was born, which continues to help bring together fans from all over the world.
February 2000: The doors were opened for Visitor Reviews.
July 2000: Canal+ suddenly took notice of the site and demanded that their copyright mark be added to all of the 700-some screen grabs (a task that took nearly three years to complete).
March 2001: TheAvengers.TV was born. At the time, it was intended to be the new domain for this site. But events conspired to inspire the creation of a whole new entity: a gateway to an Avengers community that would eventually embrace seven websites by five webmasters, plus a Forum and a store.
July 2001: The Avengers eStore came into its own and was expanded to serve four markets: The US, the UK, France and Germany.
August 2001: The Avengers eStore acquired a division for Canada.
September 2001: Five years old! And upon the anniversary, I turned the day-to-day management of The Avengers Forever over to Alan Hayes so that I could focus on other things.
November 2001: Launched the TheAvengers.TV International Forum (under construction since August).
April 2002: After being managed by Alan Hayes for seven months, TAF was finally re-launched with a site-wide makeover and many new features.
July 2002: The Avengers Forever spawned a new little website: Police Surgeon, the internet's only site (and very likely to remain so) dedicated to the predecessor of The Avengers.
November 2002: Grant Goggans' reviews moved to The Avengers Forever. With the demise of The Young Avengers, TAF re-acquired Joseph Lloyd's reviews, bringing total page count to over 1,000. And we posted the internet's first review of "Girl on the Trapeze."
March 2003: An image created by Yours Truly has made it into print. It appears in the book, Reading Between Designs: Visual Imagery and the Generation of Meaning in The Avengers, The Prisoner, and Doctor Who by Piers Britton and Simon Barker, which can be purchased from the University of Texas Press online bookstore.
April 2004: Moved to a new host, with loads of room for loads of new stuff—including Liz Eggleston's resurrected Emma Peel Homepage, Definitive Diana Rigg.
June 2004: TheAvengers.TV International Forum is re-launched in an all-new design.
July 2004: TheAvengers.TV eStore is re-launched as a searchable, database-driven service.
April 2005: TheAvengers.TV acquired a new member: Ian Duerden's fabulous The Avengers Artland. As was the case with many of the other members, it was a matter of preservation—Ian's site was quickly outgrowing his old host, and rather than let him squeeze it or even close it, we gave Ian the room to let it grow and flourish.
July 2006: Became the exclusive source of M.P. Warren's outstanding Avengers novels.
July 2008: An extraordinary find is now an exclusive document at TAF—an eleven-page scene-by-scene plan of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station." And now, for the first time, we can read it under its original working title:
September 2008: One dozen years on the internet! And with that anniversary, the website marks the end of regular updates.
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