My name is Fxgentleman and I am a resident of northern Virginia.
I first became interested in history and current events in my early teens, listening to my father talk about growing up in the Great Depression and serving in World War II. It is a passion I have continued to pursue in the years since. Although I enjoy reading and studying history in general, I am particularly partial to American, military, and criminal history as well as disasters. Among my favorite areas of interest in US history are the War of 1812, Spanish American War, and 20th Century America. However, I have been especially fond of esoteric historical information, little known events which could have had a major impact.
I guess this I why I was deeply intrigued by my first encounter with the concept of alternate history when I read the novel "For Want of a Nail" several decades ago. Since that time, I have become a passionate reader of the genre both in book and electronic form and find it deeply intriguing. I particularly enjoy such authors as Harry Turtledove, Eric Flint, and Robert Conroy.
As a first time contributor, my original intention was to write one or two pieces about the Middle East for the 1983 Doomsday page. I found the scenario extremely interesting, especially since I was a nineteen year old college student at the time. When I first heard the story of September 26, 1983, sometime ago when I was watching a documentary on the subject, it definitely shocked me to learn how close we came to total destruction. It does make one think about what might have been.
However, as things go, one article leads to another. I am currently the author for the American survival nations of the United Counties of Delmarva and Sierra Nevada Union in the former US, Iceland, Hampton Roads, Virginia, and the NBC Special Bulletin Broadcast. I have also taken over the Norfolk Naval Base article and am rewriting the article on New Jersey. Additionally, I have sorta emerged as the Middle East caretaker, having written the following articles for the Doomsday 1983 Middle East section:
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Gulf States Union
As that I have been a contributor to the scenario for some time, I have developed specific thoughts as to the direction I wish to take all my articles, both those in the Middle East and North America. Because of the demands of my job, and the time it takes to do research and write so my articles are grounded in reality and make sense, my intention has always been to add onto to them as time allows. As such, I rotate my spare time amongst them. So please do not think I have abandoned my articles if I have not added to them as of late. As a matter of respect I would also request you do not change my articles, unless it is a grammatical or factual error, and in such case you let me know. If you have an idea, float it by me and I will respond as I can. As of this date, I am not interested in anyone taking over any of my articles.
I have done a great deal of background research into subjects related to the 1983 scenario so if you want to run something by me on the chance I might have some information please feel to contact me. I am also available for strictly verbal discussions via Skype if you would like to have a one on one real time conversation. I can also be reached by email at (See below). Thanks and I hope you like what I have written. (5/7/2013)
Update: I wanted to provide an update, which I have not done for sometime. To anyone posting a message here, please understand I don't visit here as much as I once did and all notices go to a mailbox I check from time to time. If I have not responded to an inquiry, it is simply because I was not aware or did not have a chance to. I appreciate any interest that has been expressed by current writers in taking over any of my articles I started when I was a full time member contributor to 1983 Doomsday. The only reason I left this site in 2013, like several writers did at the same time, was because we were being bullied by another member and in the end the pleasure we got from our work paled in comparison to the ongoing harassment. Otherwise I would have remained. I am still an active AH contributor at a major alt history site which does not allow the behavior that occurred here. This is why I must politely decline any and all requests to take over my articles or edit them. I can still be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to contact me directly. Just put Alternate History in the subject. Thanks. (10/2/2020)