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You often hear stories how people claim that lyrics change their lives, or some such crap. Well, the JBC changed my life in a very real way.
I had been trading letters and cassettes with the English pop band's leader for a couple years. It all started with this photograph I took when they toured the US in 1989, and which actually ended up on one of their albums!
A buzz in the newsgroups... The Mosaic web browser is released... Text on grey backgrounds - of academics saying to the world: I am here.
I already knew my way around a UNIX box, so I started my own website. What I published was my collection of JBC-related info - with over 2500 pages now, this is probably the most comprehensive band websites in existence.
To help me do this, I developed a slick little server-side publishing package called HTDB - descendants of which I still use today. This page was presented to you using HTDB.
My online resume attracts the attention of NETCOM - a large California ISP. I finally escape Indiana and the mind-numbing job I had held for far too long and start my journey in the very real, and very exciting world of legitimate Web Programming.
I've worked in a succession of technology start-ups, had a few modest wins, had quite more losses, but generally the arc continues upward.
Without a passion for the Jazz Butcher Conspiracy, I would not have the skills I have today. Without the skills I have today I would not be in this exciting industry.
I owe my direction in life to the JBC.