> Sometime prior to January 2001 the list server software was
> changed and the older archives were lost.
Not lost! (I'm pretty sure.) As I mentioned in an earlier post, we are working on restoring a TSE discussion web site. There are files of the earlier posts, and we hope that they can be made accessible on the web site.
Not everyone appreciates the importance of such files, so posts like yours are valuable in showing that list members do care.