24 Hours of Cyberspace

web-cafe-interiors-early-netdesk-on-a-friday-nightAs Seattleā€™s Belltown neighborhood slowly matured from a more industrial-oriented district into one that fostered unique, independent and creative businesses, so did the Speakeasy Cafe develop into a popular haunt for both art and tech aficionados alike.

The Internet itself was gaining more interest, and its unique ability to connect people all over the world in real-time was documented by projects such as 24 Hours in Cyberspace. In addition to its in-house Internet access, the Speakeasy crew had coordinated with a smattering of cafes around the city to host RAIN (Remote Access Internet Nodes) terminals, as well as launched dial-up service to the select few who had the gear with which to connect at home. These were the first steps in establishing Speakeasy as more than just an Internet cafe -- it was now on its way to becoming a full-fledged ISP.

Another way it differentiated itself in the community was through its support and showcasing of a variety of independent artists. From hosting local jazz and visual art in the front room to its innovative film and theater programs in the back room, the cafe welcomed creatives of all types. Seattle itself was starting to revitalize its downtown neighborhoods, and the arts were helping to transform once-derelict areas into attractive destinations.

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Infamous Alleyways

Infamous Alleyways

I’ve been a bass player in a few Seattle bands over the years, and back in the day I used to

Press: Cyberspace, Real Life Merge For A Day — Internet Users View Images From 500 Sites Around Globe

Press: Cyberspace, Real Life Merge For A Day — Internet Users View Images From 500 Sites Around Globe

In 1996, it wasn’t hard to dub your event ‘the largest collaborative Internet event

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

When I moved to Seattle in early 1996, the Speakeasy had RAIN Mail terminals at the Allegro, among

Press: Music Creates The Mood For Silent-Movie Series

Press: Music Creates The Mood For Silent-Movie Series

Speakeasy’s backroom theater was host to not only live performances, but to a wide variety

Press: Coffee and Quick Bytes – Asia Times

Press: Coffee and Quick Bytes – Asia Times

Our press coverage even went as far afield as the Asia Times.

Rolling Kegs with Humans in the Way

Rolling Kegs with Humans in the Way

I loved my early days working weekend nights at the Speakeasy Cafe, behind the bar in a packed

Press: A Dose Of Culture — You’ll Find Art, Theater And More In The Heart Of The City

Press: A Dose Of Culture — You’ll Find Art, Theater And More In The Heart Of The City

“People are starting to live here again. As opposed to in the past where people leave

Press: X Marks the Spot for Low-Key Sales – Nation’s Business

Press: X Marks the Spot for Low-Key Sales – Nation’s Business

The cafe was featured in a business review newspaper, focusing on the low pressure sales approach

Didgeridoo, with Jam

Didgeridoo, with Jam

It was one of the most musical improvisation sessions I have participated in.

Press: Gathering ‘Round a Virtual Campfire – The Christian Science Monitor

Press: Gathering ‘Round a Virtual Campfire – The Christian Science Monitor

Speakeasy was the focus of an article by the Christian Science Monitor in May 1996.

Handwritten Resumes

Handwritten Resumes

I asked to talk to the manager and this short, attractive, direct woman in cutoff jeans and a

Press: Monk in the Cell – Der Spiegel

Press: Monk in the Cell – Der Spiegel

The cafe was featured in a piece by Der Spiegel in June of 1996.

No Money for Adventure

No Money for Adventure

I have an intense romantic nostalgia for RAIN terminals. I was 17 when I moved to Seattle, and I