In response to Marydee’s request for those who have attended all 30 prior Online shows in London to identify themselves, it should come as no surprise that the show’s original owner and founder, Roger Bilboul (now chairman of Information Today, Inc.) quickly stepped forward.
In 1976 Roger started what was then known as the International On-Line Information Meeting (IOLIM).
Today, at his home in Kensington, Roger recalled that the first show was held in the Tara hotel (now the Copthorne Tara) before moving to the Cunard (now the Novotel Hammersmith) and finally to Olympia. All three venues are within a mile of each other. So, though the show has grown and morphed several times–and is now owned and operated by VNU–it has never gone far from its original home.
The first program in London, Bilboul recalled, was organized by Martha Williams, who for many years also organized the National Online Meeting in New York.
To reiterate Marydee’s request, if you have attended all 30 prior shows, please identify yourself to this blog team.
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