OK, well it actually was 2/24/1996 …
iD still has the download on their FTP server..
Anyways I managed to meet the right people and score a beta copy of Quake! The mysterious 0.8 or ‘beta 3’ version. So I thought you guys would love it, and what better way to enjoy these old things than jdosbox.
And of course I’ve put up all the versions I’ve been able to find so far. Now I just need a fun way to network all of this stuff.