Pookie, eh? Sounds like a lost time now, huh. So you guys started on Rotten Tomatoes???
Yes! Rotten Tomatoes used to be a place where amateur critics and serious film buffs could have all manner of discussions. I'm pretty sure the original Depp board in the forums was the one for Pirates of the Caribbean (the first one). I could be wrong... I was only a lurker in those days. Maybe there was a Johnny Depp board. Whatever! So Cassady was the queen of the Johnny Depp fandom (and many other boards across the RT forum - she was quite a presence in Rotten Tomatoes). There was also a sort of clique of regulars that posted frequently. Lots of ongoing conversations, banter and repartee, hilarious discussions. They eventually took it all to this forum.
I believe we started the current Deppography in August of 2006, though Groove had this proboard for longer than that. And Deppography itself was a couple of years older- August of 2006 was when we moved over from another almost identical Proboard. I think the original Deppography Proboard started in July or August of 2004, and I joined in late September (I'm pretty sure the photos from Venice from Finding Neverland were the hot topic right about then I came in with a teeny knowledge of Depp photos, and as cataloguing and obtaining details for photos were a main passion for Cassady, she asked me to be a mod and to help organize her gallery. So I was there *nearly* from the beginning (but not quite). As mentioned, the others who came from Rotten Tomatoes knew each other from at least as far back as Pirates 1, while at that time I was on some other boards, including the old AOL board, Inspired By Depp, and the original Zone (anyone else remember the Old Zone? I was mostly a lurker there but I remember it having a purple background, I think.)
If you didn't get to experience c a s s's Depppography gallery, it was really awesome and was an adjunct to this discussion board for several years. Sadly, C a s s passed away some years ago And as the gallery was hers, the domain lapsed and the gallery went with it, and none of the rest of us had the wherewithal to reinstate it. Luckily, there are many other sites out there which have really wonderful galleries!
I think I kept a few snippets from the Rotten Tomatoes boards on an old computer but I did find this nugget on this one that aka Pookie aka Raggedyman posted for newbies:
"Hey Anon, looks like you're in. So, welcome. Post lots of Johnny pictures and chat alot about Johnny.
I didn't do a very good job explaining the last assignment, and I'm not sure I really even make a good teacher (especially compared to the Hos and Goddesses). So, you know my office, the one with the Door That's Always Open? Well I'm going to go in there and close the door, pour a double of scotch, put my feet on my desk and smoke a cigar, and meditate on your next assignment. Knock if you have ideas or suggestions.
Edit: To answer some newbies' questions.
I'm taking Patience (Jaq) off this list because she's an Adot and a Ho. And as Martha would say, "That's a Good Thing."
Future Goddesses (if you're an Adot and want to move to Hos that's just fine) Janey (Student Council President, Honorary Adot) PirateGirl Ranji (Honorary Adot, Muse) johnnygirl765 Katie iamrickenfort Fantasmicality Rita Cathryn damaged Helma Patience - moved to Ho Lyz (purplestreamers) Ane (pirategrrrl) Ruka (iamafreespirit) Appy appycrazy
Academy Girls Everyone who wears the uniform, to include: Ash (Love Bunny) AnaMaria Lexie mozart Kate sugardonkey Rosie mrsabberline (didn't she get grounded though? Cool!) Britney anonblonde Karla allthingsjohnny Ramsey? WHO ELSE? There's so many newbies but no one will be left out
the [self proclaimed] Second Hottest: me
Hos (Academy girls must post (Johnny) pictures to please the following people) ljen, Sandy, Peri*, Loretta, Jaq, Kazren, Charlotta
*Special Goddess rank
THE GODDESS -- The One, Let Heaven and Nature Sing: Cassady (trumpets sound)
THE GOD -- Johnny Depp *entire forum faints*
If you want the Hos to see your pictures make sure to put them in Official Picture Thread or Hottest Pics of Johnny, or if it's really yummy, in Desserts. Those are the three favorite picture places. Make-out pictures go in the Cassady Has Exceeded Their... thread.
If you have a studio picture for us (a portrait from a photographer's session), put black & whites in Gallery and color in Gallery II. Please be careful to do it right.
A lot of times individual movies have their own thread if you want to go on a movie cap spree."
started posting in 2003 and crazy conversations and hilarity ensued. I'm not sure when I joined; I lurked for awhile and then finally got brave and joined. It was the first forum I ever belonged to.
The Depp forum exploded with the release of POTC. The amount of posts in the Depp forum at RT became insane and it soon was the most active forum board of any celeb's. I think there were over 60,000 posts at least. Then RT got weird when another company took it over. We ended up hiding/posting in a secret forum at RT, until Deppography was formed. For quite a while after RT disbanded the forums you could still find the posts if you knew where to look, however I believe during another change all the forums went bye bye at RT, just like Box Office Mojo's forums. belonged to those forums too.
We lost quite a lot of the original Proboard Deppography forum during a server? failure, and with other various changes. Then the wonderful gallery that was a huge project was lost when sadly we lost .