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  • TUG started 27 years ago in October 1993 as a group of regular Timeshare owners just like you!

    Check out our happy birthday post here: Happy Birthday TUG!
  • TUG has now saved timeshare owners more than $15,000,000 dollars just by finding us in time to rescind a new Timeshare purchase! A truly incredible milestone!

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TUG turns 27 this month!

TUGBrian

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27 years ago this month my father and a group of other Timeshare Owners began to organize what was originally a Prodigy Bulletin Board System (where TUGBBS came from) composed of a handful of Timeshare owners discussion resorts and Timesharing, into what we now call TUG.

TUG was/is actually one of the very first commercial sites on the Internet and the very first website period relating to Timeshares! not sure how many of you remember back to 1993, but the internet wasnt nearly as popular as it is now. The TUG website is older than any other Timeshare related website (and the vast majority of all websites period!)


Over the last Twenty Seven years, TUG has helped tens of thousands of timeshare owners, many to this day remain to pass on the gift of knowledge they likely received themselves many moons ago through the various websites and TUGBBS forum installations we have had over the years.

With Millions of dollars worth of Timeshares sold and rented by TUGGERS, over 48 million in the past few years alone!

On top of that, literally millions of dollars worth of money saved just from folks finding TUG in time to discover the resale market.... over 15 million recorded in just this version of the forum!

More than that though is the unimaginable value of information passed on and learned year after year through nothing more than Timeshare owners helping each other understand and best use this product that comes with no instruction manual. I have even heard in the past TUG is the "handbook" for Timeshares, and believe it to be true to this day.

This community is truly one of a Kind, providing Timeshare owners a place they can truly get help and advice without having to worry about being scammed or ripped off!


other minor historical events that ALSO happened in 1993!

Politics: Apartheid finally ended in South Africa.
The Top Song was Dreamlover by Mariah Carey
The Big Movies included Jurassic Park, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Fugitive
Price of Bayer Aspirin in 1993: $3.84/100
Sony (radio) Walkman: $29.98
The World Population was ~ 5,477,000,000
US Life Expectancy: Males: 72.2 years, Females: 78.8 years
The Pentium Processer was invented in 1993.
The 1993 VHS release of Aladdin sold 10.6 million copies in its first week.
Toronto won the world series
Dallas won the Superbowl
Florida State won the National Title in Football beating nebraska
Pete Sampras / Steffie Graf won Wimbleton
In 1993, total Internet traffic amounted to approximately 100 TB for the year. As of June 2008, Cisco Systems estimated Internet traffic at 160 TB/s. In other words, the amount of Internet used per second in 2008 exceeded all of the Internet used in 1993.
 

TravelTime

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Happy 27th Anniversary to TUG! This is a great accomplishment. Thank you to TUGBrian, his father and all the moderators for keeping TUG alive all these years! :thumbup: :)
 

vacationtime1

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Happy Birthday, TUG.

and many more
 

DaveNV

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Another 1993 Event to add to the list: DaveNV retired from 20 years of Active Duty in the US Navy. :D

Congratulations to TUG and all associated with this excellent site! You have provided a life-changing service to many, many people.

Dave
 

SmithOp

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Congrats Brian.

Another event, my son was born in 93.

I was a sysop on Compuserve, a competitor with Prodigy. It gave me free access to the service, the internet was not cheap and ubiquitous as it is now.

What a long strange trip its been.


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nerodog

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One of my fave sites and over the years I have really learned so much and I hope, have given back to others. It's my go to and a big Birthday wish for many more years !
 

alexadeparis

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Happy birthday TUG! I have gotten so much information and so much camaraderie out of this group - thank you!
 

Sandy VDH

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Been a member since '97 or '98. I have lost track.

Congratulations, and more more years to come.
 

slip

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Happy Birthday TUG, what a great community!
 

pittle

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Happy Birthday to TUG! :banana:

FYI - anyone with a Joined Date of June 6 or 7, 2005 was on the old system. This style BB was a significant upgrade!!! (They continue to upgrade when necessary.) Brian's Dad invested lots of time & money getting TUG where it is today. When he retired, Brian took over as Administrator and has kept up the family tradition.

So, for all you Guests out there - Please Join and become a Member. The $15 per year or $30 for 3 years helps with the expenses. Websites are expensive to keep up and current! That could be your Birthday Gift to TUG! :)
 

10spro

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Happy Birthday to TUG! This is such an awesome community with a great wealth of collective knowledge. I joined the TUG party only a couple years ago and now you all are part of my every day life.
 

kaljor

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You should be very proud of all the good this site has accomplished. Especially saving families from financial disaster or at least distress. The many first posts we see that start "We just spent thousands of dollars on a timeshare. Please help us get out of this".

Also for running a site with user generated content that has remained helpful and civil for so long. I know that's due to the unsung efforts of the moderators. They keep it a pleasant place to read and to post.
 

ROSALIND7

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27 years ago this month my father and a group of other Timeshare Owners began to organize what was originally a Prodigy Bulletin Board System (where TUGBBS came from) composed of a handful of Timeshare owners discussion resorts and Timesharing, into what we now call TUG.

TUG was/is actually one of the very first commercial sites on the Internet and the very first website period relating to Timeshares! not sure how many of you remember back to 1993, but the internet wasnt nearly as popular as it is now. The TUG website is older than any other Timeshare related website (and the vast majority of all websites period!)


Over the last Twenty Seven years, TUG has helped tens of thousands of timeshare owners, many to this day remain to pass on the gift of knowledge they likely received themselves many moons ago through the various websites and TUGBBS forum installations we have had over the years.

With Millions of dollars worth of Timeshares sold and rented by TUGGERS, over 48 million in the past few years alone!

On top of that, literally millions of dollars worth of money saved just from folks finding TUG in time to discover the resale market.... over 15 million recorded in just this version of the forum!

More than that though is the unimaginable value of information passed on and learned year after year through nothing more than Timeshare owners helping each other understand and best use this product that comes with no instruction manual. I have even heard in the past TUG is the "handbook" for Timeshares, and believe it to be true to this day.

This community is truly one of a Kind, providing Timeshare owners a place they can truly get help and advice without having to worry about being scammed or ripped off!


other minor historical events that ALSO happened in 1993!

Politics: Apartheid finally ended in South Africa.
The Top Song was Dreamlover by Mariah Carey
The Big Movies included Jurassic Park, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Fugitive
Price of Bayer Aspirin in 1993: $3.84/100
Sony (radio) Walkman: $29.98
The World Population was ~ 5,477,000,000
US Life Expectancy: Males: 72.2 years, Females: 78.8 years
The Pentium Processer was invented in 1993.
The 1993 VHS release of Aladdin sold 10.6 million copies in its first week.
Toronto won the world series
Dallas won the Superbowl
Florida State won the National Title in Football beating nebraska
Pete Sampras / Steffie Graf won Wimbleton
In 1993, total Internet traffic amounted to approximately 100 TB for the year. As of June 2008, Cisco Systems estimated Internet traffic at 160 TB/s. In other words, the amount of Internet used per second in 2008 exceeded all of the Internet used in 1993.
Happy birthday


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TamaraQT

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Happy Birthday TUG. Thanks for EVERYTHING you have done to educate us about the timeshare industry. I look forward to many more years to come!!!
 

T_R_Oglodyte

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I joined in 1999. I first found the site in July 1999 when we were staying at the Marriott in Kauai, and we sat through our first timeshare sales presentation, and signed up to buy 2 one-bedroom units. That evening I took out my laptop computer, hooked up to the phone in the room, and went on line to do research.

In reviewing the history, we need to also give a shout-out to the late Fern Modena. She played a big role in getting the BBS part of TUG going, along with Doug Wilson and some others. The orginal BBS software code was written by a TUG member - commercial software for BBS didn't exist at the time. Bill Rogers, Brian's Dad, then focused on getting the other parts of the site, particularly resort reviews and Help Topics put together.

If I recall correctly the stories from those days, the impetus for Bill to put together what became TUG happened after having made a trade into a resort that was in poor condition. So Bill's vision was to create a place where timeshare owners could post and share resort reviews, so that people would be better informed when making trades. So he fell naturally to that side of the site. Then somehow Fern got connected, and I think she had been hosting AOL chats for timeshare owners, and became the genesis of the bulletin board.

In 1999 when I joined there were still weekly Sunday evening chats going on that were hosted by Fern.
 
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AnnaS

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Happy 27th Anniversary/Birthday TUG!!! Thank you to all!!!

Cheers to many, many more!!!
 

TTSDavid

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Congratulations TUG! Especially, congratulations to all the team behind TUG!! Happy 27th Anniversary
 

The Colorado Kid

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Wow happy anniversary TUG! Such a valuable resource for me and many others for sure!
 

Wright17s

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Happy birthday TUG! I have learned a lot and really appreciate the community; a special mention to all of the moderator's and other helpers who keep everything running smoothly. :clap:
 

susieq

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:cheer::cheer:Happy Birthday TUG!!! :cheer::cheer:
 

lockewong

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Happy Birthday, TUG! Thank you for all the advice and work on keeping this Website and Community going!
 

silentg

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Happy Anniversary to TUG. I was on the original tug, off and on early days was dial up as I remember. Only had one week of timeshare, but got so much information and guidance . Have owned 10 weeks, buying, selling, exchanging, mostly thru TUG. Down to 3 timeshares and still learning . Thank you Brian and your Dad for starting TUG, it’s been a wonderful resource for me and others!
 
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