Today is the 11th birthday for the alt.games.wing-commander newsgroup. Although it's been pretty quiet for several years now, throughout the later 1990s, it and Origin's Official WC CZ formed the core of online Wing Commander discussion and debate. Newsgroups predated the modern world wide web and operated successfully for two decades in a completely unmoderated format. They were much simpler than message boards of today, yet existed as powerful sources of news and information. The Wing Commander newsgroup is where I started to really become active in the online Wing Commander community way back in 1996. Many of the friends I made there ten years ago still manage to actively contribute to Crius.net. This date is also easy to remember because it's the anniversary of Mt. St. Helens' eruption in 1980, whose namesake carrier is very famous among Wing Commander fans.
Finally, although he asked me not to say anything, today is KrisV's 25th birthday! You don't see him write a lot of news these days, but Kris takes care of all our absolutely vital server and technical maintenance. A lot of what you see here would not be possible without the behind-the-scenes improvements that he constantly makes to the site. Thanks Kris, and happy birthday!