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Well, there you have it. Youíve clicked to yet another Web site filled with Madonna content. Pics, links, and more memorabilia than you can shake a finger at. But, how did this particular Web site come together? More importantly, whatís up with the Everybody fanzine? All in due time, my friends. Since it took us 11 years to get here, I think I can take a little time in giving you the facts. 11 years? Yep, thatís when I started the zine, back in 1991. I was one of the first group of ICON members, (my number had four digits!), and I really liked the idea of sharing my enormous Madonna collection with other like-minded fans. Plus, being a writer who canít stop expressing my self might have had something to do with it. ;)
Anyway, I wrote up my first issue, about 8-10 folded pages, hand-written, and filled it with video reviews, items for sale, and my thoughts and artwork, and it was free. I shared it with friends, family and fellow pen-pals. Soon, I did a few more, and thought to myself, ďthis is pretty fun!Ē I was religiously poring over the ads in ICON with each issue, and when I read an ad to help compile great fan stuff for an upcoming book, I was definitely interested. His name was Matthew Rettenmund and the book was Encyclopedia Madonnica. I sent in my little creation for consideration and soon I received a waiver form allowing my work to be used in the book. I was thrilled! When the book was released, there I was, under fanzines, with quite a glowing review. That was the point of no return. Everyone and their brother wrote me for a copy.
Remember, at that time, it was free!
I decided to rethink my strategy, ( so I wouldnít go broke). The zine went full-size and I started typing it, adding more fan content and articles. This was in 1995. From that point on, the zine has flourished in many ways. I have met some of my best friends from it, gone to great events through it, and got my last fantastic job, (see About Me), because of it. Itís been quite a whirlwind for me. Which brings me back to this Web site. Bringing the Everybody experience online is very important to me because it gives me a better chance to connect with all of you. Yeah, weíre gonna have all the usual Madonna stuff, but with a fan-friendly twist. Amongst the links, pics, and items for sale, you can hope to find fan artwork, poetry, pictures, and classified ads. Just like the zine. Because itís about you.
So, before I say another word, I want to hear your story. How did you come to be a Madonna fan? Whatís your favorite song? Any special experiences? Letís hear it. Email me and tell me about it. You will be posted soon, so keep checking back!
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