|Tracy writes the code and does
the site design layout. He hasn't been offline since 1986. While he hates to
talk about himself or his achievements, his background,
pre-internet, was in sales and marketing with several major
Fortune 500 firms. He spent many summers working in his parents
retail store and what little free time there was in college,
working at many "mom and pop" retail stores. His feeling is that
if you're not willing to get your hands dirty, you have no place
out in the real world. The following are some of the speed bumps
encountered while traveling on the information superhighway over the years:
- 1973 - Learned to program in BASIC.
- 1975 - While a
student at Babson College,
Wellesley, MA, he tutored BASIC while learning to program in FORTRAN.
Discovered that the FORTRAN textbook was best used to level his couch. First use
of "laptop" [it weighed close to 20 pounds] from remote site to Babson's computers
via normal telephone lines.
- 1978-1980 -
Developed several database programs for his personal business using Dbase II on
CP/M machine and first generation VisiCalc spreadsheets on Apple II+.
- 1980-1985 - Became
involved full time in the emerging computer telecommunications field using The
Source™, CompuServe™ and several private BBS systems as a way to gather and
disseminate various types of information.
- 1981-1983 - President -
Katonah, NY Chamber of Commerce
- 1986 - Hired by
General Electric Information Service's [GEIS] new online text system, GEnie™, to
offer the first non-technical related computer forum offered on any national
system. The GEnie Scuba RoundTable was born in August of that year.
- 1990ish -
Met and hired Lynn McKamey to help assist with the day-to-day management of the
- 1988-1994 - Wrote countless MS
Excel templates for the Metro New York office of Reebok International Ltd,
tracking sales, marketing, expenses, etc. Helped Reebok corporate headquarters
design and launch laptop program for field sales representatives.
- 1994-1995 - Worked directly with
GEnie™ management to prepare for the eventual move to the internet. Assisted the
design team with second generation GUI interface. Worked with the marketing team
on how to present the new interface to large corporations and special interest
groups. Learned HTML programming for graphic based internet web pages.
- 1997 - Moved Scuba RoundTable to
the internet renamed as WOWIE Scuba Online. Converted to HTML then shut down all
text-only based forums and operations. Assisted with the transformation of Delphi
Internet Services [now
Delphi Forums LLC] to a web based product.
- 1999 - Officially
|Lynn designs all custom
graphics and animations that you may want for your site. Lynn
and Tracy have worked together in the online world since 1990 and have cemented a wonderful working relationship. Lynn
and her son, Jeff, also run McKamey Media in southern Texas.
Graduate of SMU with degree in art,
computer science, and business
Published garden writer and member of
Garden Writers of America
Garden Editor of Principes,
scientific journal of the International Palm Society
Published travel writer and author of
many articles featuring Caribbean resorts, travel, and scuba
Staff member of Delphi Scuba Forum
- Staff member of CompuServe Travel Forum
- Staff member of CompuServe Caribbean Travel Forum
- Freelance writer of resort reviews for popular
web site www.where2stay.com
- Member of Animated GIF Artist's Guild
- Specialist in scanning and producing high quality
photo images for web sites
- Personal, extensive web site:
Wally Schirra Induction by space tourist
Dr. Greg Olsen and Mark Larson
See our coverage of the NJ Hall of Fame Inductions
featurning Buzz Aldrin, Bruce Springsteen, Danny DeVito, Frainkie
and the late Wally Schirra along with Yogi Berra and Joe Pesci
inducting Jack Nicholson
|Tracy has been a photographer
and scuba diver since 1968 and has written about his travels and has been published in
many diving magazines, books as well as on the internet. He holds 12 different
certifications from three different agencies including Master Scuba Diver, Ice Diver,
Underwater Photographer and Computer Assisted Diver [no kidding!]. He and his
late wife, Lori, have
bred and shown Bichon Frise's and have owned several of the top ranked dogs
around the world over the years. In his spare time, Tracy enjoys
scale modeling. His favorite subject is the space program of the
60's and 70's. You can read about his famous Saturn V model
here . He also collects space memorabilia from the
same time frame. Tracy has also been acknowledged in several books
about the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs where he has served as
a consultant to the authors.
What's the story behind the name
WOWIE? It's silly, but it's true. If you're
a Scuba diver, it makes perfect sense.