Website Tips for Success —DeWese

THIS IS my 250th column for PRINTING IMPRESSIONS and, as I predicted way back in my first year—1984—the world population would reach 6.6 billion people. How is it I am accurately prescient? Remarkable!

I also predicted the U.S. population would reach 300 million. Yep. I was right about this also. Gee, I’m good.

Furthermore, in these very pages in 1984, I predicted the number of Websites and blogs would total about 6.7 billion­—and, I’m pretty sure that I am right about that number. The remarkable thing about that last prediction is that 1984 was six years before the World Wide Web was invented by (Brit) Timothy Berners-Lee and (Belgian) Robert Cailliau.

How I Invented the WWW

I was making sales calls in the South and met these guys at the Ramada Inn cocktail lounge in Geneva, AL. Soon we were joined by another young man, a politician from Tennessee named Al.

Tim and Robert were motorcycling across the United States, and Al had gotten lost looking for Tennessee and decided to spend the night.

We drank and talked about bass fishing and country music and, eventually, the conversation moved to more cerebral topics. Tim told us he had assembled a homemade computer. I said, “Well, you silly, why didn’t you just buy an Apple?” They had been introduced several years earlier.

I swallowed some more Jack Daniels and remarked how I had been a trouble-shooter for the first computer, the Eniac, in Philadelphia. Soon, I was telling these three new friends about an idea I had for something called the World Wide Web, where people and companies could set up Websites to sell stuff and tell about themselves.

My companions seemed to like the idea and started taking notes on cocktail napkins. I gave them several technical embellishments to add to their notes and, Voila!, I had invented the World Wide Web!

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    We are submitting our website in Category One for the website contest. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

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    We are proud to submit our website for your contest – we currently fall within Category One

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    Dear Paul:

    Thanks for your entry in my website contest Category One. I look forward to reviewing its look, its content, its grammar, its honesty, its smell (does it smell?), its timeliness, its clarity and its appeal.

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    Please submit our website to the contest in Category One. Thanks!

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    We’d like to submit Fry Communications site,, in Category 3 of the contest. Feedback has been very positive (even though the 800 number is not on every page) and would love to hear what The Manana Man thinks.

  • http://HarrisDeWese Harris DeWese

    Wow! We have gotten a lot of great entries. The judging committee is going to work thoughout the Memorial Day weekend to move from site to site. It beats sitting around the home wearing these mittens and playing dominoes.

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    Please take a look at our website and give it a rating. We would be in category one.

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    I would like to submit in category one our website for your contest.