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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 07:36 am:

Today begins year number 9 of the Pasty Cam. The whole thing began because of a request to put a baby picture on the web.

Since 1996 we had been posting only occasional photos of the area, like during winter carnival. In those early days we only had a VHS-C video camera, and would do frame captures to copy up to the server. It was a very tedious process.

Then early in 1998 Jonathan wanted to try out a new camera, which actually had a FLOPPY DRIVE BUILT IN! He ordered the hot new Sony Mavica, with a whopping 640x480 resolution. Now he could take shots on his way back and forth from Eagle River to Michigan Tech (where he was a student), and easily upload at will.

During the over-nighter at Winter Carnival in February of '98, while Jonathan was browsing around the snow sculptures on campus, he ran into his buddy Abe Voelker, an avid Pasty Central supporter:

...and the two of them talked about the new possibilities the web had created, which weren't really even being used yet. At the end of that month Abe took his wife Chrissy to the hospital for the birth of their son Alex. Chrissy's dad Tony Bausano ran into Jonathan at the hospital (with the new Mavica), and Tony asked whether it might be possible to put his new grandson's picture on the web, so relatives across the country could see the newborn that very day.

Jonathan rushed home and sat down with me at the computer, where we came up with a page for posting Alex's picture on Pasty Central. Almost immediately we received feedback from the family's relatives in California, thanking us for sharing the shot. We talked about how neat it would be to have at least one new picture every day, for people around the globe to see what was happening in our little corner of the world.

The next day (Sunday, March 1) after church, while we were eating at the new Burger King in Calumet, Jonathan happened to see a little boy in the field across the road, bogged down with his miniature snowmobile. Along came a Houghton County Deputy and a local resident to help him out. It was a classic Copper Country moment, which Jonathan captured, and we took home and uploaded.

"Let's try to do a picture every day this week", I remember saying... little knowing the 10,000+ man-hours we were committing to over the next 8 years :o) be continued.

Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 07:42 am:

Charlie, Keep up the good work for many years to come. Congratulations! Morning everyone!

By Randall Ollila (Rwolli) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 07:55 am:

Morning All.
Thank you Charlie for the history lesson of the day. (Think that might be a new topic for say once a week maybe?)

DEB>S (usedtobeayooper) I thought once a YOOPER always a YOOPER, just teasing. I think I know where your heart is. Mine too!! Enjoy the day everyone.

By Erica - Florida Keys (Erica) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 08:26 am: just keeps getting better and better. Happy day,everyone!

By Lorelei (Lorelei) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 08:53 am:

Charlie, Mary, Daryl, Johnathon, John and who ever else works on this incredible sight I may have missed, thanks so much. I can't even remember not checking in first thing in the morning. Thanks to you, I have an online pasty family that I look for each day when I am visiting. This is the best interactive sight I have ever experienced. Thanks again!

By JoAnne, Washington State (Davejostef) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 10:02 am:

I have to add my two cents here. I, too, check this site daily - usually first thing. Love to be able to come here and see "home". Even though we've been away from Calumet for some 22 years, we STILL refer to it as "home". Your site helps bridge the gap and I don't know what I'd do without it! Keep up the GREAT work!
JoAnne & Dave Stefanac

By dlp (Babyseal) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 10:35 am:

I often wondered about the baby picture and who it was. Now I know. So he would be about 8 years old now? Maybe we need to see a then and now picture. Think he'd be willing to show us a glimpse?

By richard rank (Ric) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 01:12 pm:

i too have been visiting this site for many years. and like many pastyites have shared many of your photos and stories with many of my family members and mom grew up on the hill(kinnunen farm near the airport), and i in dollar bay.everytime i log on it makes me want to jump in the car and make the trip wife who is a native of redwood city,ca. thinks the u.p. is one of the most beautiful places on earth(despite the cold).thank you so much for letting us feel as though being home again can only be a few keystrokes away.see you all again this summer,as we'll once again be in the cc for another visit.(possibly shopping for land for our return to live).

By cheryl rozman (Cotton) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 01:12 pm:

Good job everyone!! I don't know what I did before I found I'm here everyday even when I'm across the country visiting our kids. How's the little guy feel knowing his Grandpa's pride in him was the start of all of this? It should make him feel great! He's a celebrity & doesn't even realize it I bet. How about showing us what he looks like at 9 years old? Thanks everyone for this site, you're at the top of my favorites.

By Rick Hanke (Rickster007) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 02:08 pm:

Is there any history to who has been a past mayor of Hancock. Please advise.


By cathyadams (Loulou) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 05:05 pm:

Brockway Mtn. Drive, Lake Medora, Hwy. 41, all of them great
memories of vacations ago, pleasant memories! Thanks again
and Happy Bithday!!

By Inwis (Inwis) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 05:05 pm:

Charlie and all,
Thanks so much for all you have done for us folks far from the Keweenaw..I bought a used 286 computer off a porch in Trimountain just in time to see the new in about its second month..

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 06:01 pm:

Happy Anniversary Pastycom. You're first in my pocket.

By allen philley (Allen) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 06:47 pm:

Can some one fill me in on the Eagle River bridge story in the Mining Gazzette??

By Susan Lahti (Finn_in_texas) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 08:24 pm:

Discovering this site has connected me with some of my extended family. What a gift! I wish I had found this while my dad was still alive. He would have so enjoyed it.

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 09:15 pm:

Happy Birthday Pasty Cam. Many thanks to all of you who work so hard to bring us a visit "home" each day. It is nice to be a member of the "pasty family" and share our ups and downs.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 10:33 pm:

Happy Anniversary, Pasty Cam!

By Katie Budde (Katieann75) on Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 12:04 am:

I'm sitting here late at night in PA visiting my daughter and my grandkids, checking up on the UP news. A big CON-GRATS on this wonderful web site, which keeps me connected to my favorite place in the world. 12:03 Good-Night and Morning at the same time.

By Ken ja Mimi from da UP (Kenjamimi) on Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 12:11 am:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! to da pastycam and it's hard working crew! We love it and we live UP here.
On a sadder note, I just heard that Bob Larson passed away. He started the Northwoods AirLifeline a few years ago. He flew me to Rochester, MN a few times for my shoulder when I needed surgery. A very nice guy. Our condolances to his wife Ruth.

By Beverly, San Jose (Beverly) on Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 12:34 am:

What a wonderful gift you have given us PastyCam on YOUR Birthday.

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