Before I started posting on the forum I read a lot, and got to know some of the many personalities first. Those avatars above are voices I remember well. Fascinated by the depth of knowledge and conversational wit on this forum I just kept my mouth shut for almost two years, could've been longer, and just read through old threads. Some say I should have left well enough alone.
Ahem. Good forums age like fine wine, or strong cheeses, maybe even specific types of fungus or lichen, and this forum has all those varieties. Each voice adds its own flavor, tension & insight into the stone soup. It's a spicy space this Paracast forum.
When I first started reading about four years ago there was a verbal mélange quite different than what's here now, though many of the same stalwarts are still holding up the frame of the place today. They are in that rare 3-4,000 message club and beyond. Only these writers have the keys to the Bohemian Grove bathroom, I mean outhouse. Love or hate them, just like the missing characters above, they're what made/makes this place tick. It was in their interactions that I came to new perspectives. Though not around, those missing avatars still colour many threads in the Paracast forum tapestry. & i wanted to just raise a glass in their direction. I'm sure many here have memories of lots of other characters and avatars that we don't see around much.
It's through the writing of the long time members that I have learned more about ufology & the paranormal than in any book, and just for the cost of my spare time. We all really have to thank Gene, the host of the party, for this tour through the history of Ufology. There has been much more laughter than spit & scuffle, and i'm appreciative of that gift.