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Joined: July 3, 2000

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What's the deal with your nickname? How did you get it? If your nickname is self-explanatory, then tell everyone when you first started using the internet, and what was the first thing that made you say "wow, this isn't just a place for freaks after all?" Was it a website? Was it an email from a long-lost friend? Go on, spill it.

"Thomas J. Wise" is an in-joke. 1) Wise was a bibliophile (I have over 8000 volumes myself). 2) His specialty was nineteenth-century British literature (me again). 3) He was a forger, specializing in supposedly small runs of "privately printed" works by famous authors (OK, not me, but it's appropriate for a pseudonym--and besides, I'm also female). The University of Delaware has more information on the real TJW.