THE TODD RUNDGREN MAILING LIST (Awizard)Our subscribers range from Finland, to Australia, to Spain, to Indonesia. We currently total near 300 subscribers.
This Todd electronic mailing list is a group discussion list that you join by sending an e-mail to the request address and participate in by sending e-mail to the mailing list address. The discussions should relate to Todd Rundgren and related projects. But there is no editing of postings - this list is what you the subscribers make it!
The two addresses to use for this mailing list are:
Use this address for joining (also called subscribing to) the email list. It generally takes two or three days to be added to the active list. If you choose to terminate your "subscription" you can also send a request to be removed from the list to this same address. Mail sent to this address is sent only to Ed Grieze, the mail list administrator.
Use this address to send to the list at large, which currently means you will be sending to over 200 people. In fact, the same 200+ folks who got your original message, and this reply. Do not use this address for subscription or "unsubscription" requests.
By joining this list you may expect to receive up to 50 messages a day (sometimes as few as zero). You may also review prior messages sent to the list on a web page "The Todd Rundgren Connection." The Todd Rundgren Connection: URL: http://www.roadkill.com/todd/trconn
A digest option is also available. By subscribing to the digest you will receive one e-mail per day distributed near midnight. This one mail will consist of all the postings for that day. Administrative requests for the digest should also be sent to the awizard-request address.
Has it really been over five years? The seeds of the "awizard" list sprouted during February of 1991. George Arthur Lazares, who largely raised himself on the streets of Lowell, Massachusetts, was the player/coach for the Sun Microsystems softball team. (This was real softball as opposed to the beer games played on the left coast.)
Ed Grieze, son of Latvian immigrants, was working in a two-by-four office area in a Sun Microsystems building (that looked like a prop from an forgotten movie set of Zoro) in Milpitas, California -- the armpit of the San Francisco Bay Area.
George would scribe a few softball notes for the company rag using Kasim Sultan as an alias. Having left his Utopia Times at home, Ed was browsing the company writings one day. Upon reading the sports essay he was provoked touching the name. He contacted the so aka'd Kasim and Todd/Utopia e-mails began flying across the net. A few comrades joined in. They soon agreed that an alias composed of their e-mail addresses was in order and "awizard@planning.EBay.Sun.COM" was born.
Soon there was a prevalent desire for more opinions. The existence of the "awizard" Todd alias was published on the XTC alias and a progressive rock alias, as well as in the Utopia Times classifieds. The awizard community slowly grew. After a year there were about 35. Then about three more years with minimal advertizing found us 75 strong. Then came the web sites. If the growth of the awizard list is any indicator, the advent of web sites (or perhaps it was timing) reached a lot more people. Advertizing on the Roger Linder and TR-i web pages caused the awizard group to boom to just short of 300 subscribers. An international feel was found with perspectives from Finland, to Australia, to Spain, to the Netherlands.
Early on, before greater villans would emerge, George represented the list's anti-Todd. He would assail albums and relentlessly question why Todd never became more popular. His dark postings would be fittingly accented by his Lowell street lingo. In actuality, George was playfully generating discussion at that point and Ed was wheedling an "anti-Todd" image for George. It was still small group fun. But perceptions of cyber lingo differ.
As the list grew, and as statistics would dictate, diversity increased. With that, disagreements also increased. And the differences between people were sometimes so severe, that that cyber flames would emerge. Some egos have found this electronic platform to be a great outlet. With the diversity comes the good and the bad. But the awizard list is what the subscribers make it. That has been the only guideline.
Within the babbling on in Babylon there has also been some enlightening content. Fans have learned from each other's perspectives. There has been more real-time information relative to Todd's activities. (Largely thanks to input from Kelli Richards.) And perhaps most of all, folks with similar interests and values have been able to discover one another. This has extended beyond the keyboards to numerous group gatherings. There is a strong common thread -- most Todd fans are great people! Beyond the noise, if nothing else, more of these people have met. It's one world that's getting smaller.
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