What makes our internet meeting unique and sometimes gives us a good laugh is where we met online. I had gotten a computer for Christmas in 1996 and brought it home to give the internet a try. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and that was the DC chat rooms. Back around that time, DC advertised discussions with creators in their comic books, so I even had a schedule.
Given this interest, I proceeded directly to the John Byrne Wonder Woman chat at DC online on AOL. Within a short period of time, another person in the room private messaged me that they liked my take on the current story line. We proceeded to talk for awhile and he was the picture of a gentleman. At the end of the chat, he e-mailed me that it had been a pleasure, and I e-mailed back thanking him.
Amazingly enough, this person is now my husband. Jim and I were talking about it the other day, and we think that not only was Byrne in a strange way responsible for our meeting, but it is now impossible to hate the guy for any of his other character traits for precisely that reason.
A side note is that I am pretty sure that James Schee was in the very same chat room with us when lightning struck, so he will always hold a special place in our hearts as well You're a gentleman and a good influence, Mr. Schee!
There are other stories to tell, but for today it is enough to just thank John Byrne for holding a chat that would bring about such a momentous event in our lives! Oh Sweet Irony!