It all started with this commit from Jordan Hubbard on August 21, 1994:
Commit my new ports make macros
Still not 100% complete yet by any means but fairly usable at this stage.
Twenty years later the ports tree is still there and actively
maintained. A video was prepared to celebrate the event and to thank
all of you who give some of their spare time and energy to the project!
Last month, our beloved Canadian Thomas Abthorpe decided to step
down from his portmgr-secretary position. While I suspect this is secretly
related to his pool of Canadian jokes having dried up, the official reason is
that Thomas wants to focus more on his private and professional lives for the
moment. Needless to say, the whole ports community is in mourning.