We're raising Protocol's jersey to the rafters this morning, as Steven I. Weiss makes the blog's retirement official.
I found Protocols in May, 2004, long after the blog had jumped the shark but it was still worth reading. After a few trips through the archives, and I understood why it mattered. And even at the very end of the run, the blog was still a kingmaker, capable of sending hundreds of hits in your direction. Say what you want about Luke Ford, the last man to sit in the command chair at Protocols. He was always glad to share Protocol's power, and he always used that power for good.
Some unanswerd questions:
1 - Why did Weiss pull the plug? If he was sick of it, other guest booggers could have kept the site alive until the end of time.
2 - Why did Weiss stick with Ford, after Ford's first few posts? I've been through the archives. People HATED him, and that might be the understatment of the day, if not the week. What did Weiss see in Ford that made him ignore the wishes of Protocol's fans?
3 - Did Weiss ever make any money from Protocols? Lord knows he tried. Did it work?
4 - What happened to Rivka Bukowsky, the child who sat in the command chair at the end of March 2004?
5 - Can anyone fill their shoes?
Tsetchem leshalom Protocols.