How did you meet Ant and get involved in all this?
I met Ant in 1996, when we both travelled to Edinburgh to study at Queen Margaret College in a Stage Management and Design university course. I was on a Rotary scholarship from the US, he was there from Northhampton. We were the only students on the course that were older than the typical 18 year old first year student, and we became good friends. We dated for a year, but then I went back to the US to finish my US university degrees (English literature and Theatrical Management) and it was all email and calls sporatically over the past years, with only one short visit in 1998.
Then in October, Ant flew here to Wisconsin to visit me and for a much needed rest and break from the work he was doing. He was supposed to stay for a month, but he's still here. (Well, until Friday). Anyway, when he decided to buy the site, he spoke to me about helping with it because a) I'm a big fan, and b) because I've served as moderator and assistant admin on other websites in the past (non-Tolkien) so he knew I had the skills. Plus as my job as a manager of a software support team is a standard 9-5, so I had a bit of time to put some effort into getting the site up quickly and helping him figure out how everything runs here. As I've said - I'm really excited about it. :)