Well, as I do every year, I forgot about EUCantina's birthday. The 15th of last month marked four years of EUCantina as a website (it existed for a year before that as a forum hosted on some free forum hosting site with 20 members, but the 15th was when EUCantina.net was launched). It's pretty unbelievable to me. It doesn't feel like four years at all. But, I rarely get to thank people for what they've contributed to this site, and I felt that a post to the most important, loyal participants of EUC would be nice.
So, first, if there's anyone we should be thanking, it's Andrew Lupi. Andrew is the official founder of EUC. He created the original forums and somehow got people interested. He did the hard work of turning nothing into something. I wouldn't know any of you without Andrew. I joined the forums as a member in July 2007, with no plans to become more involved than posting a few times. I was very involved in the StarWars.com Blogs, and one day I found this entry from Andrew. You can see my comment saying that I would join. Honestly, I was just being nice and trying to support another blogger by joining their forum.
Thanks to Aush (Lawrence) for acting as one of the "big three" of EUC for several years. He was the third admin (and EUCast host) and we couldn't have gotten far without him.
Thanks to everyone who has ever served as a staff member for EUC or the forums. I especially thank Ted and William for their tireless work on the design, as well as all of our current staff for putting up with me and for all that they do.
A big salute to Darth Skuldren and Salaris Vorn. They were original forum members and joined this incarnation as soon as it was online in Feb. 2007. But aside from that, they've acted as our only moderators, ever. Other staff members have mod powers, but these two guys are have held the actual mod title this entire time. Thank you for your service, gentlemen.
And of course, I have to thank all of you. Every member of the forums has contributed. I've known some of you for four years now. Isn't that remarkable? I have a few special folks I want to recognize, though.
Members who have been with us since the first year of the forums and have remained active the entire time: Reepicheep, Mara Jade Skywalker, Comanderbly, Caedus_16, and kurtdc.
Also some of our most well-known members who have created so many memories in our chat box (some are sadly no longer active): Queen Padme Skywalker, SwordoftheJedi, Jedi Joe, illogicalRogue2, Life Is The Path, and yes, even Darth Elmo.
It's been incredible. I still can't believe how many people have supported us, and all that we've accomplished through your support. Here's to many more years.
And if you want, please post your favorite EUC memory below. I'd personally appreciate the opportunity to recall some of our good times.