Bill Roper got me interested in filking when he brought his guitar to ChUSFA meetings, I think in 1978. I went to the filk at my first con, Chamabanacon VII in 1978. I got my first guitar in 1981 and played in public for the first time at Filkcon West in 1981.
2. Who do you think has had the greatest impact (good/bad) on today's society?
Wow, you don't ask small, simple questions, do you? Should I look at overall historical importance, or just immediate importance to today? Should I look at an individual person or a group? A single individual seldom has very much impact on society as a whole; it's ideas that a lot of people follow that make a big difference, and even if those ideas can be ultimately traced to one person, a lot of other people are involved in the impact.
I identify the modern corporation as the social force that most shapes today's society, but it seems like a bit of a cop out to just name "the corporations" as my answer. But no one individual can be identified with more than a tiny piece of that influence. I guess I would have to identify George W. Bush as the single person I can most identify with the current mess we're in; even if you follow the school of thought that he's just the puppet of Cheney and Rove, his personal charisma and brilliant ability to get the public to pay attention to what he says rather than what his administration does are the heart of his success.
3. What one invention could you never possibly live without?
Asthma drugs. Literally. Albuterol kept me alive for a couple of decades until I found Flovent, which actually lets me breathe normally.
4. What one invention do you wish had never been invented?
The broadcast commercial -- the business model of paying for broadcast content by selling part of the time to advertisers.
5. Snack time: Sweet or Salty?
Sweet. I will eat all too many salty things if they're available, but I haven't found it too hard to live without having them in the house. I think it would be a lot harder to get myself to stop buying chocoloate.
Anyone who'd like questions from me, just yell.