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Meet B. Bird Person of CFWC

Today we’d like to introduce you to B. Bird Person.

Thanks for sharing your story with us. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and, since my dad served as an electrician in the United States navy, we moved around a bit including Italy and England. Eventually, we moved to Bombay Beach, California where I spent most of my childhood. Bombay Beach was along the coast of the Salton Sea which is known for its high salinity and fish die-offs besides being in the middle of the desert. While the area was littered with tiny towns, it was primarily desolate and its denizens hangers-on from the 1950s. I bided my time collecting notes for self-made catalogs, reading, watching television (I gravitated towards the Sci Fi Channel then as well as old Doctor Who VHSs), and writing fantasy and science fiction short stories.

I moved to Indio, California in 2002 where I began middle school and high school until 2007. Around then, I started editing the online encyclopedia Wikipedia and starting nearly every article on Doctor Who novels in anticipation for the new series in 2005. In 2007, I relocated to northeast Arkansas to be with my then-girlfriend and attended Arkansas State University before transferring back to California. Despite enjoying the change in climate, I disliked the conservative air of the area. Nevertheless, I continued my edits besides contributing also to the Battlestar Wiki which has been struggling to meet server costs to remain independent.

Later, I went to CSUMB where I majored in creative writing and did my thesis on the speculative fiction of Barry N. Malzberg, whose style tends towards either obsessive unreliable narratives on the space race or recursive sci-fi on the process of writing for the genre and its limitations.

Around 2014, I made the plunge into Weird Facebook where my wiki edits began to have a purpose in social media. Thus, I renewed my commitment to the wiki and accrued at least 400 article entries and 35,000 edits in total now. More information regarding the FB group can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Bobamnertiopsis/Cool_Freaks%27_Wikipedia_Club Individually, I have been interviewed here: [1] https://mic.com/articles/106062/there-s-a-whole-community-dedicated-to-the-wild-depths-of-wikipedia [2] http://internet.gawker.com/22-of-the-coolest-freakiest-articles-on-wikipedia-1660205252 [3] http://rhizome.org/editorial/2015/jul/22/feed-my-feed/

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have been trying to make more time for myself with self-care but it remains a work-in-progress.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about CFWC – what should we know?
I mainly assist in moderation whenever I can. While I appreciate the trivia from Wikipedia’s articles, I was surprised to find that there was a community for its readership and the group served as a forum for its discussion.

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Leslie Kavasch

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