OCThen.com originally went live back in the Spring of 2000. It was started by myself and a buddy of mine, as a bold venture to create an online library of articles and photographs pertinent to the history of Orange County, California. Our hope was that we could get the general public to provide material. We figured there were lots of folks out there with old photos and stories to provide. But, we couldn't get many people to participate.
Over the next few years we discovered that people were interested in providing small snippets of what they remembered about growing up in Orange County. So, we created a section called "Memories". But as people submitted their memories, it became cumbersome to update the pages. OCThen was entirely a manual operation.
We came up with the name "OCThen" after another site called "OCNow", ran by The OC Register newspaper. OCNow was supposed to be about what's going on around the county right now. Since we focused on history, we took "OCThen".
In January of 2005, after a couple years of inactivity, I decided to assume sole control of OCThen, turned it into a blog, and is now owned by my company Clear Digital Media. It's focus is on memories of living in Orange County.
I met my first wife at Santa Ana College. She was born and raised in Santa Ana. Her parents moved to Santa Ana in the 1940's, back when the town probably looked like a nice place to live. We married in 1990 (in Santa Ana of course).
In 2001, we moved out into Riverside County, in the City of Menifee. I became self-employed as an Internet publisher and marketer. In 2011, I divorced, and remarried to another Internet marketer in 2012, who now handles all my sales and marketing. Today, we travel around the country on our motorcycles, staying in vacation rentals and working out of our laptops.
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- Steve Johnson