During this time I was the REGION 9 cordionar for Fidonet and latter to become the president of IFNA.
I agree Fidonet suffered from politics from the first meeting in Coloradio Springs. As a software development project and public resource it was fasinating to see it work. Even the side stories should be told. SeaDog and ARC data compression (Later to become ZIP). Xmodem and SLIP are also tied into these stories.
I don't miss the $800 dolar phone bills I plaid for myself or the politics. I do miss the people.
My personal contribution was "The Communicator" modem program (Freeware AKA Open Source) and the inspration for ProComm.