Kind of like everybody else. I was a regular poster on a Squaresoft page and got to IMing a dude there about music. I listened to a little bit of punk and metal but had never fully plunged into it; this classic-rock/prog buddy knew of George's site and sent me the link. (This was the classic-rock/prog buddy who was into the Ozrics).
To make a long story short I was obsessed with the site and started buying a lot of CDs (this was I believe before we had broadband, let alone wi-fi, to download crap with.) I found the link and lurked for a while. My first Babble memory is E ordering like 500 albums with his mom's credit card and having to send them back. First actual posting would have been around 2004 when I was at college stoned watching a Marx Brothers movie (first posts were under the name Zeppo before porn spam gave me Mr. Townsfolk.) I'm pretty sure I had more than one stint as a lurker as that was an awful long time.
Unfortunately I didn't keep up with the Squaresoft-forum friend. Don't even remember his real name.