The Golden Age of Hollywood

Greetings fellow members of The Golden Age of Hollywood!

March 7th was the sixth year anniversary of GAOH's move to the Ning social platform. Some of you were with us on the old Invision Free message board and we're happy you have stuck with us. For those of you who were not I will give a little history of GAOH.

Sometime in early 2004 Derek Mclellan (Classic Movie Man) started a message board on EZ Boards. I joined that board as a member. Derek had become distressed over the board losing messages after so much work had gone into it and I suggested that we move over to Invision Free because I had already had positive experience with using Invision Free. In November of 2004 Derek set up the layout and I worked on skin design and the two of us, with the help of a couple of moderators ran that site until March of 2008. At one point the message board was peaking at 300 posts per day and was quite active. However, when Facebook and MySpace hit the internet we slowly saw the numbers decline and in an effort to have GAOH survive in some form I suggested to Derek we transition/move to a social network platform. I spent a couple months trying different platforms and ultimately decided on Ning. 

At the time Ning was still a free service and was stable and easy to use. Much like it still is today, but today it costs us close to $300 a year to maintain the site on Ning. Thanks to the generosity of the members we have never not been able to pay the bill since they went to a pay service three years ago.

March 7th, 2008 was the first day of the new social network. Many of the former members did not come over with us and the Invision Free board is just a ghost ship these days. I don't have the heart to delete it as it has a lot of good content. I wish there had been a way for us to import all the message board data over but it just was not possible. For anyone interested in checking out the old site you can go here:

http://z4.invisionfree.com/Retro_Media/index.php?act=idx

That meager start on Ning six years ago has seen GAOH grow to 1,450 members as of today. Now we have had many leave and some were asked to leave or made to leave. We would be over 1500 today if all members remained and probably well over 2000 if all our former members had been willing to come to the new site.

It's necessary to say that without Derek's vision and love of classic films GAOH would not exist today in any form. THANK YOU DEREK!!

Also, it would not exist without it's members, and without you we have no reason to exist. 

And, I could not run this site without the help of my good friend Dave Miller. He has been a devoted moderator and worthy of much praise for all the work he puts into the site. My interest and commitment to the site has not been as involved as I used to be and so Dave has been a godsend.

Finally I would like to give an update on the upcoming transition to the Ning 3.0 platform. I have been working with the new platform and trying to design the site to keep the current look and design as much as possible BUT there will be differences when we make the move. Ning has been taking a lot longer than they projected on the forced move and I will have a year to migrate the site to the new platform once they finish their design. Many currently enjoyed features are active and working but many are not and I will not migrate until they have things fully set up and functional. Once we have to make the migration we may have to purge some of our member base. They have caved in and let sites under 1500 members grandfather in and I think the $300 a year fee is manageable with the help of our members. If we would have to move to the next level of service I don't think we could raise the funds to maintain the site and thus Dave and I will have to watch our active member base more closely and purge out members who are members in name only. I hate that that is the case but it is the reality of Ning's new business model. 

Sorry this post has been so long but I felt the anniversary needed to be acknowledged in some way. Thanks to all of you who have made GAOH the great site it has become. We value all of you and hope you will continue with us as we make the transition to Ning 3.0.

Kevin

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Comment by Helen on March 27, 2014 at 8:13pm

I really have appreciated this site during the 2 years that I was full time caregiver for my mother before her death.  I loved the photos and the ability to connect with a more knowledgable and mature film fans.  I don't like some of the other groups for fans  that I had tried over the years and I dropped out of them.  Now I only have kept this site and one group I belong to that are Ronald Colman fans on another site.  Everything else I dropped.  The past year I have not been able to spend much time on this site due to having to deal with my families estate, empty 2 households and relocate my father to a new city.  But later this year once that is completed I will have more time to devote to meeting other classic film fans and this is definately the place to do it!  Thanks for all your hard work and my opinion is that you are the one that deserved to win the Amazon gift card!

Comment by Usemickss on March 23, 2014 at 5:45pm

I apprciate all the members contributing to this site. I love the golden age of hollywood for several reasons. First I look at this period as the most interseting time in hollywood, for the visionaries and the talented people involved. A large portion of thier work is in my opinion, timeless. Keep it coming and long live the Golden age of Hollywood.

Comment by sarah murphy on March 22, 2014 at 4:28pm

Congratulations on the anniversary, I lurk more than I post, but the GOAH makes me feel like my obsession is healthy rather than pathological.  Though I wouldn't give it up even if it ended up being the latter!

Comment by Peter Johnson on March 17, 2014 at 3:34pm

I LOST MY MUM AND DAD EARLY IN LIFE AND THEY LOVED THE MOVIES. I LOVE TRAVELLING BACK IN TIME ON GYH TO SEE WHAT THEY SAW AND I TOO AM NOW IN TUNE WITH THE PAST WHERE SOME OF THE BEST CINEMA EVER CREATED STILL LIVES AND THRIVES ON GYH. THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE AND LEARN ABOUT THESE EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE WHO CAVE US SO MUCH JOY AND HAPPINESS THAT IT MAKES MY DAY EACH TIME I TAKE THAT MAGICAL TRIP INTO THE PAST. I AM AND ALWAYS WILL BE A DEVOTEE OF GYH UNTILL THIS BODY OF MINE TAKES IT'S LAST BREATH. BOTH ERROL FLYNN AND ME ARE ALIVE AND WELL AND ARE LIVING DOWN UNDER IN THE LAND OF HARSH BEAUTY YET MAGICAL DREAMS AUSTRALIA. ONE DAY I WANT TO TAKE THAT TRIP TO HOLLYWOOD AND WALK THE PAVEMENTS WHERE THOSE DREAMS WERE CREATED ALL THOSE YEARS AGO. I WANT TO SEE THE OLD SOUND STAGES AND HAVE A BEER BENEATHE THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN AND LUNCH AT THE BROWN DERBY. I WANT TO TOUCH SOMETHING THAT BELONGED TO OLD HOLLYWOOD AND HOLD IT IN MY HANDS AND FINALLY STAND OUT FRONT OF WHERE ERROL FLYNN'S HOUSE ONCE STOOD AND LOOK AT THE VIEW HE ONCE SAW WHEN HE WAS AT THE TOP OF THE WORLDS STAGE. THEN FINALLY WILL MY LIFE BE COMPLETE. 

Comment by Ellen Asleson on March 17, 2014 at 3:02pm

Though I don't visit here as often as I should, I love this site and the amazing knowledge of all those who post here.  It is great to have so many kindred spirits.  My favorite era is the late silent/early talkie era, but I love virtually anything silent.  My favorite silent stars are Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, John Gilbert, and Buster Keaton.  My favorite talkie stars are William Powell and Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, and Fred Astaire.  Happy 6th anniversary to you, and keep up the great work!

Comment by AnaLaura on March 17, 2014 at 12:42pm

Congrats! Am honored to be a part of this. I sometimes post a load of stuff but I have been MIA...but I log in frequently and ALWAYS feel good knowing its still running. Its my hidden treasure :) may this continue with more sharing of our amazing golden age :)

Comment by Jolene on March 16, 2014 at 6:07pm

I can't say thank kew enough, gentlemen ... my sincere and humble thanks to you...Kevin, Derek and Dave.  I've adored every delicious moment spent on the site ... AND I have been enlightened beyond the beyond. And a plus...not only are you each remarkable, but I find the members of GAOH as passionate about the golden age as I am!  Yum!   

Comment by joltenjoeswife on March 16, 2014 at 5:03pm

Congrats on six fun filled years. I have enjoyed the time that I have spent here. Everyone has always been kind and the knowledge so many of the members possess knows no bounds. I haven't been as active as I once was but not by choice. I wish I had more time to chime in on my group boards. This has always been a safe little haven for me to be surrounded by people that love the classics as much as I do. Thank you so much for this gift.

Comment by vintagegal on March 16, 2014 at 3:44pm

Congratulations on making it this far. Having a place like this last and stay active is a great accomplishment. Before I found this place there really wasn't anywhere to talk with other classic film fans. The forums that were around stopped being active. So finding this place was really great at the time because it was more than a message board could be. I've found the times I've been on here to be super pleasant. Everyone is so friendly and nice. And I found I loved sharing info or pics withe everyone in return.  I may not be active like I was back then but I've been lurking and I miss this place and all it's kind people. Finally, congratulations again on keeping this place so active. Your hard work is appreciated. 

Comment by Mary Anne Barothy on March 16, 2014 at 3:37pm

GAOF is a great place to learn more about this truly 'golden' age - something that sadly, does not exist today.  You provide some wonderful stories and photos - having been Doris Day's secretary in the '70s when she was filming THE DORIS DAY SHOW @ CBS - I had a chance to know, work for and live with one of the greats of the Golden Era....hopefully, we can do something special to honor her upcoming "90th" birthday on April 3rd. 

For the past few years I have been touring the country sharing my story..."A DAY TO REMEMBER...DORIS DAY" and bringing a little bit of old Hollywood to life for the many DD fans.  My book "DAY AT A TIME - An Indiana Girl's Sentimental Journey to Doris Day's Hollywood & Beyond" is available on Amazon and also from:  www.hawthornepub.com

Enjoy my latest blogs about Doris on the Hawthorne Publishing website....more to come. Thank you Golden Age of Hollywood for bringing such great info to us and for allowing me to share my story - if you want to hear how a young girl in the '50s from Indianapolis landed in Doris Day's home - let me know - would be happy to share my story with your group. 

Thanks again Golden Age of Hollywood for your great work and success!!!!

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