I know a lot of members on here have been around in the phandom for quite a while. I myself am hitting my 13th (omg really? Really. Wow. Longer than I thought!) Anniversary of being a Phantom Phan, and I know others who have been here twenty years and more. Back in the dark ages called 1997, this poor, isolated, lonely little baby Phan was lucky enough to stumble across a message board run by our own cdaae on the old domain of she-net. It was a wonderful place full of wonderful, beautiful, crazy, intelligent people who welcomed me into the fold, told me about Church of Erik, introduced me to Susan Kay and Charles Dance and Peter Karrie and... better yet, to themselves. In short, good times.
Anyway, in an odd little bit of synchronicity considering it's corresponding with the anniversary of Leroux, a community has been made on Facebook for those of us who were on and remember the old Board. If you are one of these phans, I invite you to join up at Old Skool Phans Cold shower room is open for business, but you have to bring your own drool bucket and possibly your own potato too, since no one ever figured out if Ubaldo found his. Or if Sam I Am every made it out of the Lair alive. Or if Disaster and Pandora ever overcame their unfortunate addiction to Raoul ( though that's ok, the Phans' Ten Commandant says that the insane must be treated with kindness)...
In other words, if those last few sentences rang any bells with you at all, come on over. It's like a family reunion, minus cousin Herman insistencing that he tell you the Great Fishing Story for the thousandth time. :-D
(Disclaimer: if this is not allowed, I'm cool with it. There will be cross-posting and phanwank and churchoferik as well.