I was mostly a lurker back then, but I had enough foresight to archive all of those wonderful posts. The Eudora email client I was using at the time had a function that allowed you to mark each post with one of five possible gradings. I remember weeks at a time when I gave almost every post the highest grade. At times I remember wondering to myself - why am I even bothering to grade these things if there all going to be A's. There was a feeling that the words being passed back and forth were somehow making history. The money I spent when it was a pay list was well worth it. As soon as I started posting, the list went downhill :-)
A great thing for someone else who had these archives and enough available time would be to select exceptional posts and find the original poster for permission to re-post to the current public Extropians list. I don't see myself as having enough time to do this any time soon.
"I not only think that we should tamper with Mother Nature, but I think Mother wants us to." Unknown