Where have all the B. Boarders gone?

NOT complaining, mind you!

Just saying:

In the final everyday installment of Bulletin Board in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, on the 30th of October in 2016, we thanked a list of frequent contributors for their words and pictures, which had given us so much pleasure over the previous quarter-century.

It was a LONG list — and it didn’t come close to naming everyone it could have named. The newsprint Bulletin Board had thousands of contributors, over the years.


Last week, while going through a stack of BB emails we printed 16 months ago, it saddened us to see how many of those people have been, at best, very infrequent contributors here at BBonward.com. Many of them have vanished without a trace — and, frankly, Bulletin Board is the poorer for it. We are still enjoying the online assemblage, with its limitless space and ability to show many full-color, high-resolution photographs — but the number of voices leaves much to be desired.

This “community of strangers” needs as many residents as it can get; it is not a private club, and it can’t long survive as a cul-de-sac of strangers.

Here was that list of storytellers and photographers (some of whom swiftly made the transition from newsprint to online, and for that we are most thankful):

Al B of Hartland (our Official Ornithologist); The Retired Pedagogue of Arden Hills (our Official Late Night Talk Show Monitor); Mr. Tulkinghorn (our Official Attorney); Lawyergirl of St. Paul; Your Late Night Lady; IGHGrampaSharon of Roseville; Grandma Pat, “formerly of rural Roberts”; R.J. of Hammond, Wis.; Belle SouthGramB of Nisswa; Cheesehead By Proxy, “bck in Northern Minnesota”; GopherLink of Dresser, Wis.; Merlyn of St. Paul; Mom of Many in Mendota HeightsMother of Many in WoodburyDebK of Rosemount; WriteWoman of Shoreview; Maggie of the MountainsMs. Linda of Eagan; Linda W. of Eagan; Cat’s Mom of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Cat Lover from White BearHoney Bee of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; The Honest Man; Night Walker; The Highland Walker; Juju of Highland Park; Pigwisdom of Highland Park; The Saint Paul SnailMadame PolarfleeceGregory of the NorthGregory J. of Dayton’s Bluff; Bob Woolley of St. Paul; Doctors’ Mom in Mendota HeightsDoctor FriendlyDr. ChrysanthemumChief Slippery HandsThe Music Man of St. Paul; Aunt EnnaEinstein of St. Paul; Red’s Offspring, north of St. Paul; DonaldNativeDuluthianCA TransplantDorothy of Connecticut; The PA PeachWalt of Wayzata; The D in ScandiaThe Gram With a Thousand RulesGrandma J. of Grant; Grandma Anita of Hammond, Wis.; Granny in a Red Truck in ScandiaLittle Orphan GranniePeachy of Cottage Grove; AJ’s Mom of “Casablanca-by-the-Sea”; Beanie’s MomThe Real Piglet’s DadC. elegansSandy of Crocus Hill.com (formerly Sandy of Mac/Grove.com); luv.momThe Wisconsin Wildcat (formerly The Woodbury Wildcat); Tim TorkildsonThe Cowboy King (our self-proclaimed “Poet Lariat”); The Mambo KingThe King of IGHHer Majesty of ParadiseJomajestyThe Farm Boy of St. Paul; The Fourth Wilson BrotherPop CornLoony Tuner of Northfield; Short Timer of Northfield (formerly of Barron, Wis.); LolaEver Anonymous; Karen of KindnessJowan of Inver Grove Heights; The Bitter and Disgruntled Guy from AndoverWicki-YahMidnight Angel of Vadnais Heights; Smilin’ SueGhoti’s MomGoughghotiJohn in HighlandMalcolm TentThe Grand Duchess of Grand Avenue; Maggie of Grand Avenue; Dr. CrankKent S. Kokko of St. Paul (our “wacky-patent enthusiast”); The Doryman of Prescott, Wis.; Organizationally Challenged of Highland Park; Christian’s Pa on Clam LakePH of Maplewood; BookladyLucky BuckUncle Buck of St. Paul; Chex from PBXBusy Bee from the Garden; Vertically ChallengedDesert Darlin’Paul Peter Paulos of St. Paul; Paul St. PaulJust Jennifer of West St. Paul; Tom’s Wife of Arden Hills; Mrs. RomanceKatharine With One Dog OnlyGrandma Connie of Scandia; Grandma Ski of Arden Hills; Lu Lu from LindströmArtGekko of Lindström; Dogma of La Crosse, Wis.; Rocky’s Mom of St. Paul Park; Norton’s mom of Eau Claire, Wis.; Doc’s Mom of Daytona Beach; The Bald Guy in OrlandoHindsightMaureen the French TeacherRoseBud of Vadnais Heights; Blue Jay Judy of Mendota Heights; Bloomington Bird Ladyktcakes of Stillwater; D. ZinerJon AnonNo Sued NameIn Search of a PseudonymSue DohnimAnne Nonny MouseMrs. MouseRivermouseArkatect of Mendota Heights; RaeRae in Mendota HeightsThe Missus of Mendota Heights; Friendly Bob of Fridley; Mrs. Patches of St. Paul; Conan the LibrarianRed Cedar RecluseJulienne Veggy, your correspondent south of the riverDeeply Rooted in Mahtomedi; TvotsThe Pest from the West of St. Paul; FantomasMr. Bones of Mendota Heights; Fevered RabbitCarp Lips of Hastings; Kathy S. of St. Paul; Happy Mother of SixThe MOM in StillwaterRaindancer of North Oaks; ElvisJI of Hudson, Wis.; Jean of Roseville; MoongloSunshine in RosevilleStinky Bananalips of Empire; Wet Behind the Ears in Beautiful Taylors FallsF Gump of River Falls, Wis.; R.F. Fuddy DuddyNancy de Roseville (and, in one Italian moment, Nancy di Roseville); Ol’ DobieToadmanBeekeeper Bob of Stillwater; B. Dazzled of South St. Paul; The Cab Driver of South St. Paul; The Suburban Guerrilla of Eagan; NorskyNorwegian by MarriageTwitty of Como; Grandpa TreehouseGreat Grampa of White Bear Lake; Grandpa Steve from White BearGreat-grandmother of Como Park; Gma TomBarbara of Afton; The Editor in Apple ValleyThe Bookworm of La Crosse, Wis. (formerly of West Salem, Wis.); Quiche Queen of Roseville; Princess NaomiZoo Lou of St. Paul; Burnsville ZooladySally, the Cleaning Lady of Shoreview; Foto Rich of Shoreview; Stormin’ NormaMnbirdee of Rochester; Gigetto on Lincoln (originator of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon); LeoJEOSPPostscript of Twenty Miles From EverywhereThe Roller of Spring Valley, Wis.; The ExaminerThe Poster Boy for FidgetingThe ReaderNewport ReaderThe Lunchtime ReaderBean There, Done ThatW.i. Fly of Austin; FW Addit; Morning Glory of Eau Claire, Wis.; JayMae of Star Prairie, Wis.; Jimbo of Inver Grove Heights; Retro Girl from WoodburyJim of Woodbury; Katrinka of Woodbury; joegolferSirJay2J of South Minneapolis; KJ of Arden Hills; Not U of Forest Lake; OTD from NSPThe Mighty WickardCrumpelstiltskinPrincess Yellowhair of White Bear; The Armchair Cook of Roseville; Birdie in St. Joe; Lynne of Shafer; Lady of LadysmithHudson GrandmamaShell Lake GrannyGramma Deb of White Bear Lake; The RedbirdRusty of St. Paul; Floater of Arden Hills; The Retired ArchivistHighstepper JimPapa on Elm StreetPapa Whiskey; PapawildePapa Wheelie of Highland Park; Papa Doofus of Roseville; PapagenoGrandpa Joe of Chisago City; tia2dmattzdad of Rochester; Eli’s Kid of White Bear Township; Grandma JamesAbbysgram of South St. Paul; Grandma JodyThe Stillwater ScouterJoe and Geri’s Daughter JackieA Lady Who Loves Little People (formerly The Lady From the Land of the Little People); Grandma Banana NanaCousin NanMr. Ed of Roseville; Baker Lady of Inver Grove Heights; The Sports Driving GrandmaSchoolmarm JanDoris DayHelena HandbasketDeAnne of Woodbury; Second WindJewelsChristy of Menomonie, Wis.; Menomonie GrandpaMiddle CBduckquackdadBetty Boop of Rice Lake, Wis.; Pollyanna of Lakeland; Ethel Mertz of Hastings; Miss Kitty of the Midway; Bicycle Babe of the Midway; Fudge BrownieFrosty of Linwood; MomKat of Apple Valley; Kyo of Mendota Heights; Bruce (and AnnFrom Blaine Now BrootenGranny Stad of West St. Paul; Garage Sale Gayle of Andover; Nature GalMounds View SwedeLauraMomRosePeggy T of Osceola, Wis.; WeeziLeezy of Woodbury; That Sharon in HoustonSkatermom in WoodburyBurywood DaveRickRich of Circle Pines; The Hoot Owl of St. Paul; Birdwatcher in La CrescentCharlotte Bronte-SaurusCharlotte of Inver Grove Heights; Steamed Crab’s ClawSoupy of White Bear Township; Toothy Grin No. 6Mavis of Little Canada; JayGee of Cameron, Wis.; Chocolate Fiend of Little Canada; Soul SisterLittle SisterHorntoad of White Bear Lake; Navy Dave of Bayport; David the ScudderiteThe Blue Bubble’s FriendCee Cee of Mahtomedi; Mema of Maplewood; The Nonagenarian of Western Wisconsin (formerly The Octogenarian of Western Wisconsin); horsiegoboom of River Falls, Wis.; Mary Lou’s Daughter of Inver Grove Heights, Gypsy of Oakdale; Snackmeisterin of Altoona, Wis.; StreetRodderThe Old Hand of Oakdale; Dragonslayer of Oakdale; OdysseyMr. Viz of Woodbury; Mystery Lady of Woodbury; The Monkey Lover’s Wife of Northfield; ET’s Wife of West St. Paul; Tigerlily of Woodbury; Reads the Funnies FirstKeeping Up With the JonesesMuttiAllie’s BabySt. Paul SpikeRamblin’ Rose; Arwen of Inver Grove Heights; The Plant Lady Down the RoadKatydid of Maplewood; Sugar BabeDennis from EaganOne of the Girls54ChevygirlThe LinguidiotThe Divine Mum of Crocus Hill; Semi-LegendAqua AficionadoThe Clover KickerThe Practicing EclecticThe Farmer’s Daughter from BlaineFarmer JeffRancid BeefGrouch of Vadnais Heights; Bill of Lake St. Croix Beach; Ace of Wyoming; Otis from Inver GroveDan Buettner (“Eight Wheels to Novosibirsk”); Wild Bill of River Falls, Wis.; Retired Teacher in Mac-GrovelandPlain Jane of the West Side; Sandra of Baytown Township; WestCiderEastside, Westside, KH of White Bear Lake; Jim Shumaker of New Richmond, Wis.; Deb Peterson of Eagan; Doris G. of Randolph..

A couple of others, we removed from that list, because we sadly learned of their passing since then: Sleepless from St. Paul (in Minneapolis), and Poet X of PDX. May they rest in peace.

We are still getting great pleasure from the stories and pictures being shared here, as we hope you are, too . . . but wouldn’t it be grand if we could reassemble that bigger band of Bulletin Board loyalists? If you know any of the missing, please encourage them to return.

Thank you.




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