Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 19:35:08 CST
From: Patrick Douglas Crispen 
To: Multiple recipients of list TOURBUS 


     And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
     Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?"
     "It came without ribbons! It came without tags!"
     "It came without packages, boxes or bags!"
     And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
     Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
     "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store."
     "Maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more!"

                             Dr. Seuss
                             "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

I've been having a hard time figuring out what to get all
41,730 of you for Christmas.  How about another copy of
the FOUR11 post? :)

By the way, I am truly sorry for the multiple posts that
you received last week.  The LISTSERV at AOL sort of "burped"
and sent multiple posts to everybody ... including me!

Anyway, I think the problem is fixed (or at least I *hope*
the problem is fixed ... we'll have to see what happens
when the LISTSERV gets this post).

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short little ads in the middle of our TOURBUS posts.  These
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this list (running a list this size isn't cheap), and they also
help ensure that Bob and I can continue to offer TOURBUS to
you for free.  Besides, the ads tell you about some neat stuff
that you would otherwise not know about, like ...

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Since this is my last TOURBUS post for 1995 (Bob and I are
putting the bus in the shop next week, but we'll be back on
January 2), I guess I could talk about Christmas, Hanukkah, or
Kwanzaa ...

... but my thoughts (and my prayers) keep returning to the young
men and women who currently on the ground in Bosnia as part of
Operation Joint Endeavor, the NATO peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.
That's why I chose BosniaLINK as today's stop.

BosniaLINK can be found on the World Wide Web at

If you do not have Web access through a browser, you can still
access this page through e-mail using the information contained
in Dr. Bob's free guide "Accessing the Internet by E-mail."  To
find out how to get Dr. Bob's guide (and how to get free copies of
my Roadmap Internet training workshop), just send an e-mail
letter to


(that's "you-ay-won-vee-em") which says


in the body of your e-mail letter.  The LISTSERV will respond
with written instructions telling you how to get both "Accessing
the Internet by E-mail" and the Roadmap Workshop sent to you
via e-mail.

BosniaLINK is the official US Department of Defense information
system about US military activities in Operation Joint Endeavor.
"BosniaLINK contains operation maps, fact sheets, news releases,
biographies of key commanders and leaders, and transcripts of
briefings, speeches, and testimony.  It now (also) includes a
simple message form under the heading "Send your holiday
greetings to the Troops in Bosnia."  While the system currently
does not offer the means to deliver personal e-mail messages to
specific individuals or units, a selection of these messages
will be distributed through internal military print media to
the troops, broadcast by the Armed Forces Radio and Television
in both Bosnia and the areas supporting the Joint Endeavor
operation, and posted on BosniaLINK."

The quality of information on BosniaLINK is a little "iffy" at
best -- a lot of the information is several days old -- but the
ability to send holiday greetings to the troops makes BosniaLINK
a must-stop on the Internet.  Even if you don't support (or
understand) the mission, you can't help but feel for EVERYONE
involved in the Bosnian conflict.  A message from "home" telling
the troops that we are thinking of them this holiday season will
mean a lot to them.

The bad news is that you need a Web browser to send a message
to the troops (I looked all over the place, but I could not
find an e-mail address that you can send your messages to ...
I'll keep looking, though, and if I find an address I will
post it to the TOURBUS list as an addendum).

That's it for me ... have a WONDERFUL holiday season!  Drive
safely, watch out for squirrels, and I'll see you next year :)


HEAVY DEW - phrase.  A request for action
Usage: "Kin I heavy dew me a favor?"
(Special thanks goes to Marilyn Sallee for today's wurd)

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