Because so many have asked, “TFCharles” revealed...

A long time ago when my college newspaper was under my sorry-ass leadership, it was pointed out that I was writing the bulk of the articles myself. Not wanting to appear narcissistic (I am) or like I couldn’t get anyone else to write (I couldn’t), I realized that something had to be done. Being a fan of comic books and secret identities, I set about concocting a nome de plume, much like Mark Twain and Clark Kent before me. Long into a dark & stormy night I worked, straining every creative bone in my body. Around 3am I remembered that I was supposed to be working on a pen name, not pickup lines. Ten minutes later I came up with “T.F. Charles” by taking my initials (FT) and my middle name (Charles), then mixing them up a bit to sound more distinguished, like T.S. Elliot. Freed by anonymity, my writing style as TF was less restrained and more sarcastic. TF took on the hell-raiser aspects of my personality, and “his” articles exposed one or two campus scandals. At some point TF even earned an editorial position!

After my stay in the institution, I returned TF to the Pandora’s box from whence he came. Later, when I signed up for AOL back in 1992 when only geeks were on the Internet — insert ironic pause here — I reanimated this pseudonym for use as the ultimate screen-name. Later still, in a fit of insanity brought on by my domain-speculating pal Jeff — “You better buy that domain name or I’ll snag it and use it as a porn site...” — I acquired this here TFCharles.com domain name.

And the rest, as they say, is history...