With all the wonderful improvements of FRED and f.net, and how easy and quick the information flow is, I got to wondering how fencers in days of old (e.g. pre-web) found out about competitive events held outside of their club?
I would assume it was some form of good old boy system, a friend from one club tells another, maybe a club sends out flyers to be posted in other clubs, or if folks really had their acts together, periodic newsletters send around by maybe the division? I assume a newsletter was the way the USFA kept the faithful informed about national and international events.
And a similar topic, how far were you willing to travel to an event? With FRED today, you can see that an event 2 hours away is going to be an A2, and you can see who is going to be there. With so much information, there is a much better chance you will just jump in a car and go. Did people back in the pre-web days do things like that, based on much more limited information?
So if anybody out there wishes to date themselves, how did you know where to go fence and how far would you be willing to travel in the days before the web?