|J. Robinson Wheeler's Personal info|
I was born in 1970, before cable TV and VCRs, before remote controls, before touch-tone phones, before personal computers, before video games. Way the hell before the web, that's for sure. I grew up in Austin, TX (having moved here in 1974) and went to a small private school, Kirby Hall School, from 1980 to 1988. After graduating from KHS, I spent four years at Stanford University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication in June 1992. I then spent two awful years pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Production at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, only to quit before completing the degree.
Since 1994, I have lived in Austin, freely pursuing creative projects and doing freelance work in a variety of fields, from web site design to sound recording on independent films to comic illustration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does the J stand for?Q: What do you do?
A: Draw, write, make movies.
Q: No, I mean, what do you do for a living?
A: That is what I do for a living.
When I was sixteen years old, on March 27, 1987, I went into the chat room business with version 1.0 of RadDial, written by Phil Brogden. With seven phone lines connected to seven modems, and a loyal subscriber base of my Austin BBS community friends, RadDial managed to eke out enough to mostly cover the phone bills each month. Eventually, I handed the business over to my partner, Josh Sklar, and soon after that sold the system -- hardware, software, everything -- to an entreprenuer who wanted to go into the ISP business. (He succeeded.)
In many ways, the RadDial years were good years for me. It was fast, fun chat with good friends nearly 24 hours a day. Personally, I always hated the name "RadDial" -- it was a joke name that stuck before I had a choice. Yet, it was pretty much the first idea that came to mind when I wanted to register a domain name for personal use in the late 1990s.
RadDial was only just a chat system for a short time. Later, it added bulletin boards and a searchable database of text files. It was a creative time for me, and for my friends, and we collectively generated quite a lot of material on the boards and for the database. RadDial ended up being a giant collection of good stuff.
And now, half my life again later, I have RadDial.com to use as a repository of stuff I come up with. This time, I'm the only contributor, but I've got sixteen years worth of material. Feel free to browse around; that's what it's here for.