The "original" DC Cru was active well before I popped onto the boards. din, you'll have to help me here, but I'm pretty sure their genesis was another DC based board which is now defunct. There was some cross posting and cross pollination between the two while both were still active. I can't recall the name of the board to save myself though.
We started the DC WS offline group since there was little offline activity on WS. We had our inaugural offline in September of 2005. Time flies!