It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s WikiAnswers Dfoofnik!

printalienFor the longest time, I wondered about the persona behind the user name Dfoofnik. What did it all mean? Was it some secret code for a secretive underground association? Pirate talk? Just who was this masked WikiAnswers contributor? Well I recently got some insight… When asked about the history behind his user name, here is what Don (and it is NOT Donald) had to say: “Dfoofnik” is a variant of my longtime alias “Duffle Foofnik” or just “Foofnik” in comic book and SF fandom. “Foofnik” is Yiddish for “faux” or “fake”, so it seemed the ideal pseudonym. It derived from a reprinted article (illustrated by the legendary Basil Wolverton) for MAD magazine in the 1950’s.”

In that case, we’ve all gone MAD for the real Dfoofnik! Read on!

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor?

I am a Category Supervisor for English Spelling and Pronunciation, and for Origami.

What other badges do you have on WikiAnswers?

I am a graduate of the Mentoring Program under the highly competent Amlove32. My other badges are Platinum Contributor and 500 (now 600) Trust Points.

Please tell us about your family.

My mother is a lifelong resident of Louisiana, where I also reside. My twin brother lives and works in the Los Angeles area. He is the father of my two nieces and two nephews. His daughter and her son (his grandson) are residents of the Seattle area.

Do you have any pets?

Not currently. Over the years I have had a string of cats, mostly black, and may soon be adopting a local stray kitten.

Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?

Born and lived my entire life in the New Orleans area. The weather is warm, the people are mostly friendly and the culture is incredible (but something I often take for granted).

Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood that you would like to share?

When my brother and I were 10, my father began building houses in Metairie, a suburb of the city. The area was just developing and had a distinctly rural character (woods, weeds and the Lake Pontchartrain shore) despite its burgeoning suburban location. So it was a controlled and limited wilderness, with some wild animals but a supermarket just twelve blocks away. We also had a succession of small boats.

What educational information would you like to share?

Attended University of New Orleans, 1970-1977, with no degree but credits in 16 different degree subjects from Math to Journalism.

What are some of your past and/or present occupations?

Air Traffic Controller (petty officer 2nd class) in the US Navy Reserve, convenience store manager and USPS letter carrier (now retired).

What is/are your key area(s) of knowledge, interests or expertise?

My interest in language, literature and spelling derives from my extensive reading in fiction and non-fiction. Space science, SF and general TV knowledge comes from research and personal experiences. I have a “steel trap” mind and forget very little of what I see or read.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I have a comics collection of some 40,000 issues, a VHS and DVD library of several hundred films and TV series, and the world’s largest collection of losing Louisiana lottery tickets

What do you like to do for recreation?

This is limited at present, because I am adapting to retirement. Most of my free time is spent on WikiAnswers and watching old movies on TV.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

As a high school senior, I captained my high school team on the local Prep Quiz Bowl television show, a local variation of the College Quiz Bowl show. In 1970, my twin was on the same team. The previous year, I was one of the two junior members.

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

Owing to excellent muscular control, I can write readable letters smaller than the average person can read.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

My service with the USPS, which was a dedication to providing “my” customers with the best possible service, even under extraordinary conditions (the aftermath of four major hurricanes, including Katrina).

What are your special goals or dreams?

To get a spot on Jeopardy (getting past the doomed legions of applicants for an audition is the tough part).

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I am smart and usually considerate, but I also have strong opinions and sometimes express them abrasively.

What brought you to WikiAnswers?

An odd question about space in January, 2008. Later that year, I corrected a number of inadequate answers and became interested in correcting errors, as I have for some time on Wikipedia, where my major contributions have been in readability.

What keeps you coming back to WikiAnswers?

It is addictive, because there are always little bits of knowledge to discover and post.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers activity

I have been editing and amending answers for the Poptropica category ever since I retrieved 100 Big Nate Island questions from the “useless” catch-all in February 2009. I have extended this activity to relocating and merging alternates for all 9 islands. As the “big kid” of that game site, I have tried to ensure that most of our answers in the category are both correct and understandable.

One thought on “It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s WikiAnswers Dfoofnik!”

  1. Ah, reading about my old home town was a trip down memory lane, what a nice surprise that was. Not that I live “that” far from there now, though. Hm, two supervisor from Louisiana, both of whom are twins – pretty neat. And I am so glad to finally know the meaning behind your username! 😉


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