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1996 Elbo Room the First Live Streaming Cam in the World!

Back in late 1995 I heard about the internet from a college friend Ivan Parron during a conference he was giving. Later I thought, "What a great way to market the Elbo Room worldwide".


Next, I found a team that knew what the hell the internet was and I hired them to install a beach camera and build a website. By March 1996 we were live and The Elbo Room became the World's First Live Steaming Internet Camera in a commercial establishment in the World.


It worked so well and brought so much attention I figured I should know how this works and 2 months later bought my first computer!


Special Thanks to Gregory Bouchet who installed it then and still works with me today 20 years later on the newest startup, www.LegalClick.com!


March 24, 1996 Elbo Room is World's First Live Cams! - Chicago Tribune (text from archives)

March 7, 1997 Showing Live Beach Cams - USA Today (actual paper)

March 13, 1997 Fort Lauderdale's Cyber Bar - Boston Globe (text from archives)

Gregory Bouchet                                                                               Mike Penrod (me)


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