In April 1995, online providers like CompuServe and Delphi charged by the hour, and by modem speed.
So it took a tragedy like the Oklahoma City bombing — on April 19, 1995 — for Westport realtor Mary Palmieri Gai to spend time on the fledgling internet. She felt compelled to see what other people were thinking, and find emotional support.
Many in the Oklahoma City area flocked online too. Students in particular were very afraid.
Suddenly, Mary had an idea: bring together local youngsters, and those 1500 miles away. Her daughter Melissa helped facilitate an important, human connection, through the computers at Coleytown Middle School.
To see what happened, click the YouTube video below:
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