About those get togethers ... one was held at a suburban Chicago Hotel.
ETA: I just went and read some in the get together FortCon threads ... and John did a recap of one day in 2004. Interesting to note that Spegs and Mr Spegs were there and also one of the pairs from TAR4.
There were also pictures at one time from FortCon 2 ... but they are now all dead links.
John has not posted for a while and hope he and all the others are well.