Phone line stretched across the house and plugged in to a lowly Volks Modem 1200 which was plugged into our Commodore 64. Parents yelling at me for the 300 dollar phone bills and busy signals on the phone line. Going in to church all zombie eyed on Sunday morning because I had been up all night making calls. Yes, it was the wonderful days of dialing Bulleting Board Systems when I was a teen.
Wired has a cute article on the beginnings of the wired world that began with BBS's some 25 years ago.