David Lawrence

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David Lawrence has been the moderator of news.announce.newgroups, the clearinghouse for the creation of new mainstream newsgroups, since February 1991. He first gained access to Usenet and the Internet in 1986, and by 1988 he was the administrator of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's news server, an influential hub for dozens of Usenet sites. In 1992, he moved to northern Virginia to become the news system administrator for UUNET Technologies for five years. He recently took a position with the Internet Software Consortium, where he can concentrate on programming freely available software for the Internet community. His current administrative duties for Usenet include maintenance of the mainstream newsgroup namespace and management of the worldwide database of newsgroup moderators. Outside of work, David's passions include motorcycling (he has chosen not to own a car for the past eight years), inline skating, volleyball, alpine skiing, and hiking. He particularly likes endurance activities, such as commuting twelve miles each way on Rollerblades, skiing the entire time the slopes are open, and being entered in the 1997 Iron Butt Rally, a motorcycling challenge of 11,000 miles in 11 days. David married Diane Horan in May 1997 and then returned to living in the forested mountains of the northeastern United States, settling down to start their family in northern Vermont.