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TWENTY YEARS! [May. 8th, 2014|10:44 pm]
Nicodemus
I've been in the furry fandom for over 20 years now. Wow. Let's indulge in a quick look back for the sake of nostalgia and regretfully cementing my graymuzzle status.

Like many, I feel that I was "furry" before I found the organized community. I grew up on cartoons (TMNT! Like, the first time around, dude.) and found animal characters fascinating. Then in my first year in college I found alt.fan.furry on Usenet in late '93 or early '94. A discussion there got me interested with the costuming aspect. (IIRC, the first posts I saw on costuming were from Flinthoof, Lance, and Robert King.)



I joined the fursuit list run by Robert. This is sometime in spring '94 and when I consider I really "joined" the fandom. I later designed these buttons for the members which were printed and assembled by Cheetah.

Through that group's help, I made my first fursuit, Widge the Rat. This is circa '96.



Here's a photo from my first ever public fursuit outing. It was to a local park. (Which is just down the street from where Trey now lives! It's next to what was nicknamed the Furry Arms apartments.) Did this guerrilla suiting run with Porsupah. I was hooked!



I met Kit, now my wife, while in college. I introduced her to the fandom and we both joined FurryMUCK. Besides being fun roleplaying and meeting a fine pack of wolves (among others), the muck saved us from running up huge long distance phone bills while we were in different states over the summer.



I went on to "write the book" on fursuiting, literally, with support from my friends. Chairo and Dark Fang and Trey in Yippee's Polka Dog got cover spots. It's still available on Amazon. And thanks to Jerry and Davina on the publishing side for making that happen!



Over the years since, I've met so many wonderful folks through furry! Including a number of fellow rodent fans. Here's a little group shot from FC -- I'm Remy, on the right. (Thanks to Madius for organizing that and making the banner.)



A few years back I passed the point where I'd spent more than half my life as part of the furry community. And I'm thankful for all the kind-hearted open-minded and endlessly-creative friends. Folks who aren't afraid to celebrate the wonder of imagination and furry fun.



Cheers!
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[User Picture]From: schnee
2014-05-09 09:30 am (UTC)
Happy twentieth furry anniversary!
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[User Picture]From: schnee
2014-05-12 07:17 pm (UTC)
And happy birthday as well. :)
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[User Picture]From: kj_roo
2014-05-09 12:26 pm (UTC)
I hit 20 sometime next year.. *is old*

Still exist on FurryMUCK!
KJ(#163586PBJ) Pennies: 852
Type: PLAYER Flags: BUILDER JUMP_OK
One cute roo!
Created: Mon May 20 05:44:41 PDT 1996
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2014-05-09 01:57 pm (UTC)
Wow! Very nice. I was recycled... probably a decade ago. Yep, you're a graymuzzle. :)
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[User Picture]From: sabotlours
2014-05-09 01:34 pm (UTC)
That was a great retrospective!
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2014-05-09 02:14 pm (UTC)
I've mentioned it before, but your fursuit website was the first furry website I came across. Like you said, I was "furry" before I knew what furry was.

Also, Widge is <3. I was an honor to meet him on the opportunity that I did.

I'm only 4 years away from 20 in the fandom myself! *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2014-05-10 02:06 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks. Glad to have helped inspire you! :)
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[User Picture]From: rcking
2014-05-09 02:32 pm (UTC)
Happy 20'th youngster! It seems like only yesterday.
Thanks again for the kind regards you gave me in that fine book of yours.
We've all come a long way and a lot of us are still having fun!

(now that my boys are off at college, I'm finding a bit more time for costuming again)
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[User Picture]From: kit_ping
2014-05-09 11:12 pm (UTC)
now that my boys are off at college
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No, sorry, that does not compute at all!
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2014-05-09 03:00 pm (UTC)
Have kit ping paint your tail sometime. Been decades since she's done that :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2014-05-10 02:07 am (UTC)
Hey, it's one of those fine wolves now! :)

No, the tail's okay as is. Really. XD
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[User Picture]From: wildfox34
2014-05-09 07:58 pm (UTC)
Congrats on two decades in the fandom! I'm only getting close to my 13th year anniversary. We haven't seen each other too much, but the times we have... been great meeting you and hope to run into you again somewhere down the road!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2014-05-10 02:08 am (UTC)
Cool. Got quite a history yourself. I'd definitely like to get a chance to hang out, should we cross paths at some con or other. :)
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[User Picture]From: tilt_longtail
2014-05-10 03:28 am (UTC)
Great story and thanks for keeping LJ alive!
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2014-05-10 01:06 pm (UTC)
That was a fun little outing, definitely. ^_^ Widge remains one of my favorite suits - there's just such a cute look to him, and the eyes remain possibly unique.

I remember the birth of the Fursuit Mailing List. =:D I was at a Timberwolves game (of course) with Malin, and Frang was talking about a program he'd written, or intended to, to calculate weightings required along a long tail design to yield a good swishiness. I thought it'd be a great idea to have some kind of mailing list to share such insights, and it turned out Robert was in a position to get that set up. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: kijani_lion
2014-05-10 07:30 pm (UTC)
That's so great! Congrats on 20 years and here's to at least 20 more!
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[User Picture]From: jackalopejess
2014-05-11 03:59 am (UTC)
Congrats! It's cool that you've been a part of something fun that you enjoy for all these years. =]

D'you think Critter Costuming will ever get a second edition? There's like a boatload of new techniques you would add. Just wondering if it was ever a thought of yours!
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[User Picture]From: baccala_30
2014-05-11 02:47 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary and cute photos!
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[User Picture]From: pippinbear
2014-05-12 05:00 pm (UTC)
Hehee, nice. I remember yours being one of the first fursuiting web sites around, along with Jamie Wolf, Unci's Tail, JA Skunk and so on. There was only a limited amount of web back then! I do remember one day when I spend ages following every link from every fursuity web site I could find (mostly yours which had a rather large links page, I think) and concluded I'd pretty much traversed all of it! (I wasn't interested in furry art - and I'm still not really - so that limited the scope of my web walk somewhat.)

I can't honestly say when I got interested in fursuiting but I'd guess it was sometime between 1995 and 1997. I don't think I'd come across it when I started my PhD course in 1995 (although I may well have visited FurryMUCK in the early 1990s back when I visited quite a few MUDs... but I mainly concentrated on the MOOs because I wanted to do object oriented programming) and I certainly knew about it well before that course finished in 1998ish. I didn't actually get to meet other furries in real life until maybe 2000, whenever it was I first went to a Londonfur meet. Some of us are lucky enough to find ourselves in areas with lots of others with the same interest! :)

So yes, happy 20th anniversary! Looking forward to the next 20 years of fun, I hope. :)

(Ooh, and a happy ratday to you too! *hug*)

Edited at 2014-05-12 05:02 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2014-05-14 06:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! =^.^=

Very gratifying to know that my site, at least in some tiny way, contributed to your pursuit of furry costumes. :)
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[User Picture]From: sabercat
2014-05-14 05:57 am (UTC)

I remember when that list started

OH so long ago. It's been a good run so far, here's to another 20.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2014-05-14 06:12 am (UTC)

Re: I remember when that list started

Thanks! And you keep on with the the fursuitin' too! :)
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