Freedom's History, Policy & Staff

Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:58 pm

February 20th, 2004, 10:40 pm #71

For those who do not know how, go to the bottom of this post and click on "first".
You will be amazed at the history behind this wonderful site.
Always enjoy reading
Rick
One year, nine months, two weeks, two days, 1 hour, 24 minutes and 56 seconds. 52564 cigarettes not smoked, saving $13,115.72. Life saved: 26 weeks, 12 hours, 20 minutes.
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February 20th, 2004, 10:55 pm #72

Thank you for bumping this thread up as I don't know that I've ever read it. And now that I have dried my eyes (yes, everything still makes me tear up - happy OR sad ) I want to throw out another big THANK YOU to the staff here who care enough to keep us in line, keep this forum focused, and give us all the information we need to stay motivated to NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Lynn, Free and healing for 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 8 hours and 55 minutes (41 days)
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March 26th, 2004, 4:48 am #73

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April 23rd, 2004, 9:57 pm #74

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June 5th, 2004, 3:15 am #75

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June 5th, 2004, 5:44 am #76

Wow, what you all have done to put this site together. Thank you. It is without a doubt the most informative I've ever seen. I couldn't have gotten this far without it.

Angela
One week, three days, 23 hours, 45 minutes and 7 seconds. 219 cigarettes not smoked, saving $57.70. Life saved: 18 hours, 15 minutes.
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:01 am

June 5th, 2004, 7:53 am #77

Thank you John and the entire FREEDOM Staff....AFTER 46 YEARS PROUD TO BE NICOTINE FREE FOR...Three years, nine months, two weeks, five days, 2 hours, 26 minutes and 36 seconds. 34702 cigarettes not smoked, saving $7,374.29. Life saved: 17 weeks, 1 day, 11 hours, 50 minutes. Enough said...Ed
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June 5th, 2004, 8:48 am #78

Thank you Freedom Staff and Members! You saved my life!
ahnaka
One month, three weeks, three days, 21 hours, 17 minutes and 46 seconds. 823 cigarettes not smoked, saving $216.12. Life saved: 2 days, 20 hours, 35 minutes.
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June 5th, 2004, 9:09 am #79

Thank you! This is a wonderful site and has helped me so much. I was wondering if Joel was ever a smoker?? Thanks again,

Jen
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June 5th, 2004, 9:44 am #80

This message has been deleted by the manager or assistant manager.
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June 5th, 2004, 9:46 am #81

My "smoking history" with photos and everything is covered in the string Caution about changing your profiles
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June 5th, 2004, 10:48 am #82

Wow! Thank you for the information and more so, thank you for all of the education that you have provided to us all. This site has helped me more than I can say... I hope I didn't sound critical- I was honestly just curious! :)

Jen
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August 11th, 2004, 11:29 pm #83

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August 11th, 2004, 11:43 pm #84

thank you john....i am glad you "bumped" this up. awesome reading.

old jack
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September 6th, 2004, 7:22 pm #85

Wow!

I hadn't seen this before! This is awesome!

This is a MUST READ!

Check it out if you haven't yet, and make sure to hit First to see the initial posts following John's.

Pictures too!



Sandy - Free and Healing for Six Months, Eight Days, 5 Hours and 19 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 7 Days and 23 Hours, by avoiding the use of 2295 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $925.12.
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February 8th, 2005, 7:25 am #86

What can I say? Apart from exactly the same as Sandy 5 months ago, so I hope she doesn't mind me copying her words:

Wow!
I hadn't seen this before! This is awesome!
This is a MUST READ!
Check it out if you haven't yet, and make sure to hit First to see the initial posts following John's.
Thank you, Freedom Team!!


Gitte
74 days and a bit
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April 28th, 2005, 8:39 am #87

Seems timely to bring this post up for those who haven't seen it and to remind those who have. Steve 11 months, 14 days.
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April 28th, 2005, 10:49 am #88

John (Gold x5) Retires
from Freedom's Management Team

Steve, we'd always intended to update this thread as although it shows how we got our start, and Joel's arrival, it does little to document the ongoing early evolution of this most amazing forum. There were a few rather challenging steps along the way, some that many of us would really rather forget.

As part of the forum's history, I'm going to paste part of a message I shared in Joseph's brain parade yesterday, the announcement that I'm no longer serving as a manager here at Freedom. Out of respect for our mission in maintaining the group's focus I'd ask that there be no new threads, as Freedom doesn't do birthdays nor retired manager days. I'd hate to think that we lost a smoker searching for serious help simply because she clicked upon a thread that had absolutely nothing to do with quitting. Thanks for respecting this request. John (Gold x5)


I guess this is as good a place as any to announce my retirement as an active manager here at Freedom. As some of our older members may have noticed I've become rather active in youth smoking prevention this past year. Yes, I've fallen in love with the thought of helping even one child or teen avoid going through what each of us endured - the stuff of Joseph's insightful post.

I look forward to spending more time attempting to build WhyQuit into a higher caliber resource, addressing both prevention and cessation. Oh, I'll still be an active poster here at Freedom but I'll no longer have management responsibilities or be trading so many daily e-mails with new arrivals. It should free up a couple of hours each day, hours needed to begin putting a small dent in my growing WhyQuit "to-do" list. For example, today The Smoker's Memorial finally got off the ground, with a dedication to Kim. As some of you may know, it had been on the list for more than a year.

I've had a wonderful time watching this place evolve into the amazingly focused tool it has become and leave its management in highly skilled hands. I look forward to watching it evolve even further as Joel has some solid policy ideas about where he'd like to take things (see A message to our prospective members Message 94 )

Millions of words in Freedom's 265,000 archived member posts but just one guiding principle determining the outcome for all, a principle that will always be our common bond ... no nicotine just one day at a time, Never Take Another Puff, Dip or Chew! John (Gold x5)
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:00 am

January 17th, 2006, 7:33 pm #89

See, what happens when you can't come to our cyber home for a couple of weeks or so?

In my attempt to catch up with all of you awesome Quitters (and one never-smoker, of course, too!), I found the following posts and thought it might be a good idea to add them here.

Okay, no longer early history but history nonetheless.

"Getting Prepared for A New Year of Freedom."
Help Wanted - 4 new assistant managers
Thank You from Kristen
Thank You Freedom from Rick

Thank you managers, old and new! PARADE from all the Freedomites

This, of course, also gives me the chance to "join" the parade just a little bit late and say "thank managers, old and new, too.

So, here goes (once again in alphabetical order):
Thank you,
Joanne, Joel, John, Kristen, Linda, and Rick!!!!!


Gitte
417 days and a bit
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January 17th, 2006, 8:05 pm #90

Joel, Joanne and Linda
Thank you for six years of volunteer service to Freedom!

Thanks Gitte. Today Joel starts another live two-week six-session clinic during which he'll spend roughly 13 hours standing before a new group of dreamers, and countless hours on the phone between sessions and after the program trying to help each of them realize that dream.

As most of you know, on December 2, 2005 Ask Joel was born (http://www.msnusers.com/AskJoel) and on December 29, 2005 Joel, Linda and Joanne joined me in retirement from active management as we introduced two new manangers Rick and Kristen.

But the heart, soul and message of this site will always reflect the work and giving of Joel Spitzer of Chicago, whose life's work has now touched hundreds of thousands of lives. It was January 20, 2000 when Joel arrived here freely offering insights. It is a day I'll never forget! Thank you Joel.

Kristen and Rick, we thank you for the countless hours you've devoted in trying to ensure that high quality lessons and support continue. Below is the first GIF Joel shared here at Freedom. It's part of our history. Still just one rule ... no nicotine just one day at a time, Never Take Another Puff!

John (Gold x6)
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April 27th, 2006, 5:55 pm #91

Found another string this morning : The Smoker's Vow


Apart from this addition, another chance to say:
This is a MUST READ!
Check it out if you haven't yet, and make sure to hit First to see the initial posts following John's.
Thank you, Freedom Team,
now including Sal!!



Gitte
517 days and a bit
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:17 am

April 28th, 2006, 12:00 am #92

Hey Gitte,

Thank you so much for reviving this post. I found it both fascinating and informative. I had never read this one before and learned alot about the origins of how the philosophy of Freedom evolved. I think this is imortant information to know for newbies especially that are just starting to learn and fortifies the flawless credibility of our moderators managers and teachers.

Not to mention there is also a good summary of the truth about NRT's which is invaluable information for people about to embark on their journey to freedom.

Craig - Free from nicotine for One Year, Three Months, Twenty Three Days, 12 Hours and 24 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 16 Days and 15 Hours, by avoiding the use of 4795 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $1,711.82.
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January 14th, 2007, 8:08 am #93

For those who have not seen this before.
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April 29th, 2007, 9:12 pm #94

I just saw where a member celebrating his first year anniversary thanked me for starting this site. For clarification sake, I did not start this site, John and Joanne did. This string discusses how Freedom came into being and how over time has evolved into the site that it is now.
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July 31st, 2007, 1:34 pm #95

FYI..... Steve
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