As a result of that first Annals anecdote experience, it occurred to me that Bernie Cosell and I had a possible anecdote about the creation of Telnet's negotiated options mechanism. We wrote and submitted this article, and it was accepted for publication.
Somewhere along the line, Tim Bergin asked me if I might be interested in pulling together a special issue of the Annals on computing at BBN. I checked with currnet and prior BBN employees who might be authors for papers about various parts of BBN's computing history and with Ray Nickerson about being co-editor of a special issue. Ray and a sufficient set of authors agreed, and we began work on this special issue for Tim. When Tim's term ended and David Grier became editor-in-chief, our BBN team continued its work on what became two special issues.
Once the special issues on computing at BBN were published (2005 and 2006), David Grier asked me to join the editorial board of the Annals. As a member of board, I mostly participated in the refereeing process.
David noted my efforts on behalf of the Annals to Jeff Yost who took over as Annals editor-in-chief when David's term ended. Jeff appointed me as Anecdotes editor starting in 2008. Then for 2011 Jeff asked me to start an Interviews column after which I would phase out as Anecdotes editor (and I did phase that out by early 2012).
In the meantime, David Grier was moving upward in the Computer Society, and for 2011 he recommended me to president Sorel Reisman as chair of the Society's history committee. I served as chair of the committee in 2011 and was reappointed for 2012 by 2012 president John Walz. I also simultaneously continued my service as Interviews editor for the Annals.
In 2013 Jeff Yost took over as chair of the Society's history committee, while I remain a working member of the committee. However, I gave up the interviews activity for the Annals and returned to the position of Anecdotes editor.
From June through December 2014 I am serving as acting editor-in-chief of the Annals. I assume the new editor-in-chief whose term will begin January 1, 2015, will keep me on as Anecdotes editor.