129 Eleven Levels Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877
tracy@wowiewebdesign.com

 
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Tracy writes the code and does the site design layout. He hasn't been offline since 1986.  While he hates to talk about himself or his achievements, his background, pre-internet, was in sales and marketing with several major Fortune 500 firms. He spent many summers working in his parents retail store and what little free time there was in college, working at many "mom and pop" retail stores. His feeling is that if you're not willing to get your hands dirty, you have no place out in the real world. The following are some of the speed bumps encountered while traveling on the information superhighway over the years:


    

  • 1973 - Learned to program in BASIC.
  • 1975 - While a student at Babson College, Wellesley, MA, he tutored BASIC while learning to program in FORTRAN. Discovered that the FORTRAN textbook was best used to level his couch. First use of "laptop" [it weighed close to 20 pounds] from remote site to Babson's computers via normal telephone lines.
  • 1978-1980 - Developed several database programs for his personal business using Dbase II on CP/M machine and first generation VisiCalc spreadsheets on Apple II+.
  • 1980-1985 - Became involved full time in the emerging computer telecommunications field using The Source™, CompuServe™ and several private BBS systems as a way to gather and disseminate various types of information.
  • 1981-1983 - President - Katonah, NY Chamber of Commerce
  • 1986 - Hired by General Electric Information Service's [GEIS] new online text system, GEnie™, to offer the first non-technical related computer forum offered on any national system. The GEnie Scuba RoundTable was born in August of that year. 
  • 1990ish - Met and hired Lynn McKamey to help assist with the day-to-day management of the Scuba RoundTable.
  • 1988-1994 - Wrote countless MS Excel templates for the Metro New York office of Reebok International Ltd, tracking sales, marketing, expenses, etc. Helped Reebok corporate headquarters design and launch laptop program for field sales representatives.
  • 1994-1995 - Worked directly with GEnie™ management to prepare for the eventual move to the internet. Assisted the design team with second generation GUI interface. Worked with the marketing team on how to present the new interface to large corporations and special interest groups. Learned HTML programming for graphic based internet web pages.
  • 1997 - Moved Scuba RoundTable to the internet renamed as WOWIE Scuba Online. Converted to HTML then shut down all text-only based forums and operations. Assisted with the transformation of Delphi Internet Services [now Delphi Forums LLC] to a web based product.
  • 1999 - Officially started

 
Lynn designs all custom graphics and animations that you may want for your site. Lynn and Tracy have worked together in the online world since 1990 and have cemented a wonderful working relationship. Lynn and her son, Jeff, also run McKamey Media in southern Texas.


  • Graduate of SMU with degree in art, computer science, and business 

  • Published garden writer and member of Garden Writers of America 

  • Garden Editor of Principes, scientific journal of the International Palm Society 

  • Published travel writer and author of many articles featuring Caribbean resorts, travel, and scuba 

  • Staff member of Delphi Scuba Forum 

  • Staff member of CompuServe Travel Forum 
  • Staff member of CompuServe Caribbean Travel Forum
  • Freelance writer of resort reviews for popular web site www.where2stay.com 
  • Member of Animated GIF Artist's Guild 
  • Specialist in scanning and producing high quality photo images for web sites 
  • Personal, extensive web site: www.scubamom.com

 

 

Wally Schirra Induction by space tourist Dr. Greg Olsen and Mark Larson

See our coverage of the NJ Hall of Fame Inductions
featurning Buzz Aldrin, Bruce Springsteen, Danny DeVito, Frainkie Valli,
and the late Wally Schirra along with Yogi Berra and Joe Pesci
inducting Jack Nicholson

 
Tracy has been a photographer and scuba diver since 1968 and has written about his travels and has been published in many diving magazines, books as well as on the internet. He holds 12 different certifications from three different agencies including Master Scuba Diver, Ice Diver, Underwater Photographer and Computer Assisted Diver [no kidding!]. He and his late wife, Lori, have bred and shown Bichon Frise's and have owned several of the top ranked dogs around the world over the years. In his spare time, Tracy enjoys scale modeling. His favorite subject is the space program of the 60's and 70's. You can read about his famous Saturn V model here . He also collects space memorabilia from the same time frame. Tracy has also been acknowledged in several books about the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs where he has served as a consultant to the authors.

What's the story behind the name WOWIE? It's silly, but it's true. If you're a Scuba diver, it makes perfect sense.

Tracy on assignment in the Caribbean

 

Tracy with Astronauts Walt Cunningham & Wally Schirra

 

Annie the Bichon Frise Puppy