I can't remember when Babble was officially started.
I found the board via George's site, and found George's site because I was looking for prog reviews while--I think--still in high school. Specifically, he had a full page for Renaissance and I was looking for Renaissance reviews because I loved "Northern Lights."
I don't know if I lurked for very long before making my first Babble post. My first post could not have been earlier than 2002. I know I wasn't here in 2001 because I wasn't here for the 9/11 disaster post where Samuel Day Fassbinder (anybody try to locate that guy?) is alleged to have made everyone angrier than shit by muttering "Oh how sad. A bunch of people died today." I know what my first post *was*, though: It was titled "George you blind man" and complaining about how he didn't have an R. E. M. page.
I also recently found out that my summer dorm roommate from 2003 committed suicide....eight years ago.
If we met up, one of us would die. Probably me. You'd kick my ####ing ass, Sam.