Let’s say you’re an undergraduate education major – tech-savvy, too – and you want to contribute something new and unique to that World Wide Web thing all the kids are talking about. How does one go about that? First, boot-up the dial-up modem. Next, use Netscape Navigator or American Online ("Welcome!") to search the 100,000-or-so pages that exist to figure out whether someone else has anything on that topic. If you find something interesting, make sure your mouse trackball is clean so you can roll the pointer into place and click the image that appears on your 640x480 resolution monitor.
It seems an archaic ritual but that’s how it was 20 years ago when the CompleatBellairs first went online and helped bring the books of John Bellairs (...and this Brad Strickland guy, too) into the digital age.