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Mailing List
Name: Channel D
Date(s): June 1995-current
Moderated: yes
Moderators/List Maintainers: founder was Ellen Druda, some moderators are/were Jan Davies, Marion McChesney, and Laurel Richards
Type: gen
Fandom: Man from UNCLE
URL: Channel_D/info, Archived version
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Channel D is a gen Man from U.N.C.L.E. listserv. It was founded by Ellen Druda.

Its slash and explicit het counterpart was "Channel L."

The Man from UNCLE zine fandom successfully transitioned online in the 1990s with mailing lists. As an older fandom, much of MFU online fandom started on lists. In the late 90s, there were two primary mailing lists, Channel D for general interest, and Channel L for adult and slash conversation, both co-run by Jan Davies, Marion McChesney, and Laurel Richards. These were still active as of 2009, as well as a few others. [1] [2]

message history: 1998-2015


  • June 1995 - Jan begins mailing to a group of 10 people. These emails have to be hand forwarded
  • Mid-July 1995 - a listserv (mailing list) was set up with around 24 members. The listserv was run from where it had been moved by Rick Pavek; this new server could forward email to members automatically.
  • March 1996 - membership reached 115
  • 1998 - the list moves to Onelist
  • 1999 -- over 7000 messages had been posted
  • 2000 - Onelist becomes eGroups
  • January, 2001- eGroups becomes Yahoo Groups
  • Nov 2014 - the mailing list contains over 900 members[3]


In June 1995, a discussion mailing list called Channel_D was established on the computer of public librarian and long-time David McCallum fan. Ellen Druda... There were ten people on the original list, recruited through chat rooms and through word of mouth spread at Media West Con, a multifandom writer's convention held every Memorial Day weekend in Lansing, Michigan. As moderator and list owner, Druda forwarded emails to each individual. When another fan, Linda Cornett, joined on July 4, 1995, her post observed:
"Wow, this is service. Ellen mentioned in an AOL chat room Sunday evening that she might put together an U.N.C.L.E. list and ta-dah! Hi guys. Close your eyes. We are now sitting on the patio of the Holiday Inn in Lansing listening to the fountain and talking about our joint obsession. I, personally, am drinking Baileys." [4]


  1. ^ "By far the oldest U.N.C.L.E. electronic mailing list around, Channel D made its debut in 1995 with 10 or so subscribers without the benefit of any listserv software to automate the process! By March 1999, it has grown to 150+ subscribers." -- Accessed 2 June 2011
  2. ^ The Channel_D group on Yahoo has 907 members and averaged 325 posts a month in 2010. (Accessed 2 June 2011)
  3. ^ Morgan Dawn's personal notes, accessed Nov 12, 2014.
  4. ^ from Cynthia W. Walker, "Fifty Years of Man from U.N.C.L.E. Fandom," chapter in "Television, Social Media, and Fan Culture." edited by Alison F. Slade, Amber J. Narro, Dedria Givens-Carroll," 2015, imbedded 1995 quote from the Channel_D mailing list