com founder Barbara Mikkelson
, world champion gamer Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, Esther Dyson, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, electronic music pioneer Brian "BT" Transeau, hypertext creator Ted Nelson, VIA CEO Wenchi Chen, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
It was set up in 1995, just as the Internet was becoming popular, by David and Barbara Mikkelson
, a husband and wife team from Thousand Oaks, Calif.
As Barbara Mikkelson
, proprietor of the urban legend-debunking site Snopes.
I figure I'm seeing 600 e-mails a day,'' said Barbara Mikkelson, who typically received about 150 to 200 e-mails daily before the attacks.
We never thought it would be this popular,'' Barbara Mikkelson said as she took a quick break from what she calls her full-time hobby.
Barbara Mikkelson said the most pervasive attack-related rumors are those that describe Arabs who allegedly celebrated the Sept.
Many of the legends are a reflection of current societal concerns or a search for excitement,'' said Barbara Mikkelson
of Agoura Hills, who with husband David, runs www.