Tantalus was a great guy. Are you still in contact with him?
I used to love really long letters from my Euro contacts.
Don't know about modem trading destroying the friendship. I met some really cool people on the boards. Some of the messages that used to fly around on the Anthrox boards were so very, very funny.
Though I do know what you mean about the 'l33t' thing. Thing is, these sort of guys would come and go. You just knew that you wouldn't be putting up with them for long.
It generally followed the formula:
- Buy 14.4 modem
- Modem trade 24x7
- Get four-figure phone bill
- Quit the scene