For Your Information
HISTORY OF WEST END ONLINE
In mid 2000, I joined Classmates.com to locate some of my old
high school friends. Shortly thereafter, I polled all listed classmates
regarding their interest in a 40th reunion and was answered with a resounding yes.
In her email, Kay
Tyler mentioned that she organized the Birmingham 'Magic City Boppers' dance
club, so I asked if she would help with a class reunion to be held in
2001. Kay accepted and the rest is history. We decided that a website would be the easiest way to keep classmates informed
about reunion plans. I uploaded two pages and West End Online went live
on February 25, 2001. As word spread, I began to receive many
emails and photos, so I added feature pages and began
posting photos. By week 28, we
had over 20,000 site visits. Since 2001, we have held
4 class reunions and 5 class
WEO went live in February 2001, twenty-two years ago. In
2004, the Classmates.com marketing director informed
WEO was the largest
dedicated school reunion website site
they had seen and was surely the largest in the world. WEO has since more than doubled, so
the same likely holds true today.
- Cliff Walker
WEB SITE RENDERING
West End Online was
built in 2001 using Microsoft Frontpage, which was introduced before the advent
of smartphones and tablets. Frontpage coding enables pages to render properly on
desktop monitors and laptop computers. However, if you browse WEO on a smart
phone or tablet, you
may need to scroll to enlarge text and photos for viewing (not ideal, but it
suffices). To correct this, I would have to rebuild WEO from scratch using
more current software. Needless to say, with over 400 pages, this would be a
NAVIGATION & EMAIL ISSUES
- Recently updated pages.
- See Quick Links
for all WEO feature pages in one place.
- To return here from any page, click on 'West
at the top.
Email link not working?
type in our email address and send it that way.
YOUR INFO AT
So that your classmate friends can reach you, be sure to
let us know if your
email or changes (or phone number, if you don't have email).
If you prefer to have your
contact information removed, let me know and I will delete it within a few
Online has only one purpose, which is to bring WEHS classmates together and
to promote reunion
events. We will not share your information, but
we cannot prevent
site visitors from copying
information, photos or email addresses. West
End Online is wholly owned and operated by me and has no
Cliff Walker - Class of '61
NO FORWARDING E-MAILS
Please do not email
or forward jokes,
stories, virus warnings, etc. If you typically forward to everyone in your address
book, please remove our email
address, then come to this site and email from here.
also request that you
not "reply to all" to our
emails or use information at West End Online
for any purpose outside of the intent of this web site.
Cliff Walker - Summer, 2021
HOW TO CONTACT ME
Please feel free to email, mail or call me if you need
help with West End Online, have suggestions, comments or to chat about
whatever is on your mind.
770-326-6226 (no text)
If you have something you want to mail me, please email or call for my home
Walker Family Photo Album:
Cliff Walker - Class of '61