I got an email today from a good friend, Rodney Bliss, to tell me that GroupWise (Dos version) turns 20 years old today! Wow!
Of course, back then it was known as WordPerfect Office 2.0, but it was the beginnings of what would later become the GroupWise we know and love. While I don’t remember the exact day I began using WordPerfect Office, it WAS version 2.0, in the Spring of 1989. And while I didn’t meet Rodney Bliss (or even Richard for that matter) for many years after my first email, I got to know Rodney’s wife Annie fairly early along the way, and had no idea that this product would become so much a part of my life. Not only is GroupWise what pays the bills and keeps me on my toes, but GroupWise is also what has brought me good friends and colleagues along the way. I think of how much of my day is spent just communicating with so many people who are involved in GroupWise, and I can’t help but believe that my life is richer because of these people, and thus indirectly because of this “little email program”.
In many ways, GroupWise is even responsible for me meeting my husband Joe Zanre! If I had not been a sysop on the WPUsers forum on Compuserve, Joe and I never would have met! I guess I owe an awful lot to the developers of this product 🙂