Budapest Week 15-Year Reunion, Sept 9 2006
Yes, folks, that's right, it's been 15 years (and six months or so) since the first issue of Budapest Week newspaper, and we are seriously overdue for a party!!! To help facilitate the reunion and put people back in touch with one another, Steve Carlson and I have founded an email discussion forum using Google Groups (if you're interested in joining, click that link and request to join; make sure to use your name, not just your email address, and remind us who you are, so we don't start opting in spammers, stalkers and other freaks). Here's how Carlson introduced the list to members:
Rick E. Bruner and I set up this mailing list to bully and cajole you into purchasing an airplane ticket and schlepping out to Budapest to join us on September 9 for the 15th annual Budapest Week reunion party.
Yes, those of you in the know are already thinking 'wait, wasn't our beloved rag launched on March 15, 1991? That is correct. And in order to collect your prize you must travel to Budapest and meet us on September 9th.
Fifteen years after the fact, the definition of 'us' has become distinctly blurry. For example, we've included Bart Edes on this mailing list despite the fact that he was an agent of our sworn enemy, the Budapest Sun (or was it the Post?). I don't believe we ever published Matt Welch or Ken Layne (however much we might have wanted to). Who the hell is Gregory John McIlvaine?
Fifteen years after the fact a LOT of things are blurry. What I am still doing in Budapest? Do I know you? Did we meet somewhere at a party?
Feel free to follow Christian Heppinstal's example and fill us in about those missing years. Where do you work and who are you sleeping with? How many of your friends and colleagues can actually locate Budapest on a map?
I will now count to 'five' backwards. When I reach 'one' you will awaken with a burning desire to immediately purchase an airplane ticket and travel to Budapest to relive your glory days in Eastern Europe following the fall of Communism.
We are waiting for you.
Currently, members include:
Gregory John McIlvaine
Jennifer Clemente (nee Brown)
Joan Stein Schimke
Here are folks we're still trying to find or otherwise cojole into joining the list:
Dave Del Torto
Serge [zany Russian/French]
Susan and Rob Luke
Have we forgotten you? (So sorry! Just drop a note.) Do you know of one of the above people's email addresses? If you're in doubt as to how to proceed, drop me a note at rickbruner at gmail dot com.
Some of those people on your wanted list are *very* easy to locate. Just put in their 'name' + 'Budapest' into a search engine and follow the clues.
e.g. Todd Williams is real easy to locate.
or take 'Dave Del Torto'. I have never met the guy, so I had to do a few extra double checks to see if my cross referencing was of the same person and not just different people with the same name. Since I have never seen him the pictures of him didn't help me. But really, what's the excuse of those who actually knew/know him for not locating him.
For 'Dave Del Torto' there's an archive of all your (Steve Carlson et al., 1995) old email correspondence. His email was using firstname.lastname@example.org back then. Checking the whois register for that name I can see that the domain name lsd.com was originally registered in 1993 and is still maintained. I'm presuming by the same person. So that's easy.
Take it further, use his old email as the stem for a new search, which takes you to a list of his public pgp keys. Now you have an alternate email addresses , and .
Now it could be that there was an epidemic of Dave Del Torto's back in 1992, but I doubt they would have all know enough about the internet and pgp back then. Also reading one of your old emails I can see he was a true geek back then too - having signed himself as 'Dave Del Torto '.
So, where is the mystery Del Torto? Well... Come on, some of you lot were meant to be journos. Try cryptorights.org.
And as for the rest of that list of missing people, it is easy.
p.s. I would love to be wrong and find out that there were two Dave Del Torto's back in 1993, both obsessed with cryptography.
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