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Fort Lauderdale Beach Dive Bar

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".

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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.

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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!

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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!

Press:

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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