The Oasis BBS started its life back in the late 1980s. It ran for a few years and was a successful BBS in our local Commodore 64 community. With the decline of all things C64 and the rise of the PC, we shifted gears. Buying a PC was not enough. The itch with the BBS took hold and we relaunched The Oasis as a PC-based BBS. That was great. They were good times with many of the same people, but as time marched on BBSing went into a decline with the introduction of the internet. We moved on to other things and the BBS was retired and packed up.
Time marches on and lo and behold almost 30 years later we discovered a vibrant online community of Commodore BBSs accessible via Telnet. Ultimately the urge to see if we could do it all over again appeared and we decided to pull the old gear from storage and see what we could do with it.
After some hiccups and false starts, the resurrected The Oasis BBS relaunched on May 16, 2017. It is now just over five years and on February 6th, 2023 we achieved a milestone, at least in my estimation. We reached 5000 calls! Thank you to everyone who has called my board, The Oasis BBS, and ALL the other Commodore BBSs. It is a testament to the resilience of the Commodore 64 and the retro Commodore community. It also gives hope to all of us who run a BBS that what we do is not in vain. Keep BBSing!