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McClenny
118 Ashwood Street
Bethany Beach , Delaware 19930
United States

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McClenny Family Website
www.mcclenny.org, 20 Feb 2015 [cached]
If you have family information, pictures you wish to share or if you have corrections to offer, please e-mail them to: tony@mcclenny.org . You can also mail them to: Tony McClenny, 118 Ashwood Street, Bethany Beach, DE 19930-9699.
McClenny Webmaster
www.mcclenny.org, 20 Feb 2015 [cached]
Tony McClenny 118 Ashwood Street Bethany Beach, DE 19930 United States of America
Connection Newspaper Article About Tony McClenny
www.mcclenny.org, 20 Feb 2015 [cached]
Tony McClenny is a heck of a popular guy. After all, people from all parts of the world call his home in Reston's South Lakes Village 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Fortunately, McClenny has some help answering the phone: In his basement sit 24 computers linked by a sophisticated network system, forming one of the area's largest computer bulletin boards, The Virginia Connection. McClenny has run the system since New Year's Day 1985, keeping it on-line continually while adding capacity, efficiency devices and services for the hundreds of computer junkies who use the bulletin board to send messages, play games, share programs and tap into thousands of information sources.
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Subscribers -- who pay a flat fee of $36 a year -- call McClenny, log on and write a message. (It can be designated for specific users or for everyone to read.) Several times a day, McClenny's computer bundles the messages and sends them to several larger mail networks and bulletin boards. The computer also receives bundled E-mail from other systems. Over the course of two or three days, a given message passes from system to system, finding its way around the world. Part of the fun is simply scanning all public messages -- a process eased by more than 750 message categories, such as sports or Rush Limbaugh. Users may read the messages one at a time, or, using special off-line "readers", download hundreds or even thousands of messages to read at their leisure after signing off.
"Prior to this you'd have to sit there on-line and read the messages", McClenny said. Replies and new messages may also be compiled off-line and then "uploaded" to the message base in the twinkling of an eye. It's also possible to "chat" -- have a real-time conversation with another user, typing in your end of the dialogue and seeing the response appear on your screen. You can almost hear the person's voice. Subscribers can choose from a selection of games to play on the system, or participate in group activities such as a football pool with imaginary high-stakes gambling. If you're looking for shareware programs for anything from looking for computer viruses to chess games, McClenny's system offers more than 80,000 programs organized into 100 file directories.
Users can also retire to the electronic version of a private dining room, carrying on their conversations free from strangers' eyes. McClenny warns, however, that as the SysOp -- system operator -- he has the right to read all private messages: He doesn't, but he wants people to know the rules.
The electronic frontier is fairly free, but McClenny still has to play sheriff at times. Since children use the system, he asks users to refrain from profanity. He also asks users not to "flame" one another -- the E-mail term for personal attacks. In eight years and 10 months, McClenny has only had to kick one unruly subscriber off the system, telling him to hang up and not call back. "I'm truly blessed that I don't have people that give me a hard time, or give other people on the system a hard time or upload anything they shouldn't," McClenny said.
Like many computer buffs, McClenny, a retired district manager for Hechinger's, backed into his hobby. He had always been interested in the emerging technology, buying his first personal computer from Radio Shack in 1979 and replacing it with an IBM PC in 1984. He liked to play around with various programs and especially enjoyed playing computer chess. But it wasn't until he was transferred to Virginia Beach, living in a small furnished apartment away from his family, that McClenny embarked on his current avocation. In search of more programs, McClenny bought a bulletin board program for $8 and set it up as a depository for shareware. He hooked up his modem and ran the program day and night. Ninety days later, his hard drive was full and he had to buy another.
After his transfer back to Reston, McClenny kept the network going. It grew to three machines, then four, then five. By that time, information was moving noticeably slowly -- the system wasn't sophisticated enough to handle the flow of information. So this year -- after soliciting advice from experienced subscribers -- McClenny bought a "very expensive" Novell program that made everything move quickly. He added 10 machines in April, and paid $2,400 to the phone company to run an extra cable to his house -- giving him 20 phone lines and the capacity for 90-100 lines.
In May 1992, McClenny made the bulletin board a business. He can now accept credit card payments, and he said the board is "almost self- supporting" at this point. But despite the cost in time and money, McClenny said he's happy to be a SysOp. "It's just been a whale of a hobby," he said. It's also made McClenny a minor celebrity to his subscribers. People recognize his name in strange places. He has friends around the country. He's even visited a subscriber on the island of Anguilla, bringing him toothpaste and floppy disks from the mainland. McClenny, who is also a ham radio operator, has communicated with folks in Saudi Arabia, England, Cuba and Greece. "People see me and say, "Hey, I've spoken to you," he said. "You don't know who you're going to meet, or where."
McClenny built most of his computers himself, using spare motherboards, cases and 386 disk drives from various manufacturers. Most of the machines sit on a high shelf in a back room of his basement. In the next room, scattered around his desk, several monitors -- one for every four computers -- tell McClenny who's on the line and what they're doing.
This year marked a leap forward for the network. McClenny not only added several computers, he bought five compact disc machines that can store vast amounts of compressed information, instantly retrievable when a subscriber requests it. With his bank of CD-ROMs McClenny provides gigabytes of extra shareware that does not take up valuable hard disk space. McClenny spends much of his time monitoring the software deposited to his system, or uploaded in computer parlance. One of the major tasks is making sure the uploads are virus-free to protect himself and everyone that uses the board. If a virus were to make its way into a popularly-downloaded program, it could cause havoc across the world. He needs to make sure it's shareware -- programs distributed for free by the software authors in exchange for a few dollars to be sent by each user -- rather than proprietary software, which is illegal to copy for distribution.
WebMasters
www.bethany-beach.net, 1 Jan 2014 [cached]
Claudia and Tony McClenny provide the Bethany-Beach.Net website, which was created to promote our town, its citizens, visitors and services.
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In October 2001 and May 2002, Claudia and Tony participated in the Bethany Beach Centennial Picnics as volunteers.
In May, 2002 the members of our homeowner association elected Claudia as a Member of our Board of Directors and Treasurer.
For 30 years, Tony was employed as a retail business executive. At the end of that first career, he was responsible for the operation of 10 retail stores with 1,400 employees and annual sales of $ 140 million dollars. During the last 14 years of that career, he developed a computer hobby that eventually involved online information systems. After his first retirement, he and a friend turned their hobby into a commercial enterprise and became one of the first Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. They later purchased two competitors and the company grew successfully and profitably, while establishing a highly respected reputation. In mid 2000 they sold the business and Tony retired for a second time.
Tony was a charter member of the Capital Area Systems Operator Association from 1985 until 1999, where he served as an officer and member of the Board of Directors for a number of years.
As a charter member of the US Internet Industry Association, Tony was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for several years.
In May, 2001 the members of our homeowner association elected Tony as a member of our Board of Directors.
Having attended most Town Council and Planning Commission meetings since August, 2000, Tony became very interested in taking a more active role in our community and in September, 2001 the Town Council appointed him to serve as a member of the Charter and Ordinance Review Committee. In both 2002 & 2003, Tony was appointed to serve as a member of our Election Board. During 2002-2003, he served as a member of the Shuttle Bus committee and provided suggestions to the Town Communication Committee during both the first and second developmental stages of the Town Website. On September 7, 2003 our Town Council elected Tony as a member of the town's Planning Commission, where he served until he was elected to the Bethany Beach Town Council.
During the last three months of 2001, even though told it couldn't be done, Tony "negotiated" with the United States Post Office (USPS) for local home mail delivery to residents of town who live east of Route 1. In January, 2002 the USPS began delivery to homes east of Route 1. You may have read about the event in The Delaware Wave newspaper article.
Tony served on the Board of Directors of the Bethany Beach Landowners' Association from 2002-2004 as Treasurer and Membership Chairman, when he followed BBLA's unwritten policy and resigned his position as a board member upon his election to the Bethany Beach Town Council.
Tony served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Friends of South Coastal Library for several years.
Tony has been a member of the Bethany Beach Town Council since 2004 where he has served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Mayor, Chairman of the Charter and Ordinance Review Committee, Chairman of the Design Review Committee and currently serves as Mayor.
31 Mary Elizabeth Drive
www.bethany-beach.net, 1 May 2015 [cached]
Contact: Tony McClenny @ (302) 539-5638 for additional information.
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