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The original core: Irony Curtain, Mr. Pinko, Hippie Critic, Admin Girl, BigFurHat
It was originally an e-mail ring where a dozen or so guys, and one girl, Admin Girl, would participate in trying to crack each other up. It got so weirdly creative and funny that someone suggested that a blog should somehow emerge from it all. The guys knew nothing about blogs. Admin Girl did. She was a blogger before they were called blogs, covering the LA club circuit.
One day Irony Curtain surprised everyone with a Barack Obama book cover parody. He submitted it to one of their favorite blogs, The People’s Cube, and like magic it appeared on the site. They were fascinated. Hippie Critic and BigFurHat wanted to play too, so they submitted some stuff and, again, like sorcery, it appeared on the site.
Irony, Hippie and BigFurHat submitted so much stuff they cordoned off a section for them called The KG3. While this was going on, Admin Girl was busy working on a site of their own – iOwnTheWorld.com.
They officially launched the site on Barack Obama’s inauguration day in 2009, and the core five are pictured above.
The first add-on contributor to the core was Lori Ziganto, aka: Snark and Boobs, currently an editor at Twitchy. Then came Ginger, The Tamminator, Menderman and Melodee.
illustr8r was added as a contributor after illustrating some of her winning entries for some of iOwnTheWorld’s frequent contests.
Claudia was added after a long string of successful e-mail submissions, as was Dr. Tar.
Cardigan was permanently added after doing yeoman’s work filling in for BigFurHat when he had some surgery a few years back.
iOTWreport.com was born from these beginnings.
The following bios were written by the contributors themselves-
Admin Girl- Admin Girl, Kerre, passed away this year (2016.) She will always be missed, never forgotten.
BFH- BFH attended art college in NYC and managed to remain heterosexual. Despite this handicap he produced thousands of illustrations, one of them actually sold. Bored with his stress-reducing hobby, reassembling fruit cocktail, BFH bought a computer. This is the result. He’s been creating mirth and dismerriment for the disgruntled dissenters since Obama took office.
Claudia- Born and raised in the Midwest to a somewhat normal family – conservative, Christian, hardworking. Enjoy learning, travel, critters, writing, art, laughing. Tend to be quiet but hell-fire can erupt when needed. More hell-fire in the last 6 years than I care to admit. My super-power would be to expose evil by forcing the truth from those who seek to hide.
Dr. Tar- Created in 2009, Dr. Tar, is a pseudonym based on the Edgar Allen Poe story and Alan Parson’s Project song, “The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether.”
Originally it was intended as a play on words for what Dr. Tar wanted done to Barack Obama (and all socialists in general.) After having found iOwnTheWorld, via The People’s Cube, Dr. Tar became a regular in the Comments and the Bullpen. In 2013, Dr. Tar was allowed the privilege of posting to the main page where he continues to try and post material of the same high quality that is hallmark of iOTWreport.
Tar is a former academic (terminal degree Ph.D. International Business, minor Finance) who taught for 15 years before tiring of the increasingly stressful and less innovative environment. He is currently procrastinating his way through his first novel about a possible near future where big government control has forced medical professionals into a Prohibition Era like existence. He currently resides in Wisconsin’s 7th District where one only has to put up with winter in order to be rewarded with 9 months of enjoyable weather (and even winter has its moments).
illustr8r- Originally from the MidWest, illustr8r lives and draws things for kids quietly from a nice spot on the too lefty Left Coast. Given access to Mr. Peabody’s Way Back Machine, illustr8r would have pitched boxes of tea into Boston Harbor, compiled a sketchbook of plants with the Corp of Discovery and attended the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art.
Irony Curtain- It all started in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California.
Well..hardly. More like a real big city on the east coast in a neighborhood you’d need a bazooka to walk through with today.
One day, a man appeared to him on a flaming pie and declared, “You are Irony with an I” and that was that, or so it seemed. But to the man’s astonishment, young Irony whipped out a pencil and quickly drew a very unflattering caricature of the man. Instead of being shunned, Irony was instantly surrounded by admiring well wishers who didn’t care for the flaming pie guy in the first place.
Years later Irony would team up with Big Fur Hat, And Hippie Critic as secret members of the Art School Resistance and a movement was born. He’s still not sure where Mr. Pinko came from.
Mr. Pinko- making Liberal heads explode one empty skull at a time.
I thought I was fired.