What really drove me into the whole furry fandom thing was reading the first Redwall book where you clearly had anthropomorphic mice, squirrels, otters, foxes, rats, stoats, etc. interacting as if they were humans set in a medieval time period. I want to say I read the first book probably 1999 or so. The only internet we had in the house was dial up and it cost too much money if you spent too much time online so each person in the family had set time limits. :p When we switched to cable internet, that's when I browsed around and found the ezboard Furry Forum in 2002 or so. At the time I thought furry was basically people who liked animals, and made animals like humans, kind of like Brian Jacques did for Redwall. I stayed on that forum for about three years, then the whole board system was hacked and the forum disbanded. I could've joined furtopia then, as I did know about it, but I never went that deep into the fandom. If you saw my art thread, you saw some of my old art stuff. Fursuiting, cons, fursonas, it just wasn't for me at that stage in my life and at that time. Focusing on my degree and career was far more important. Having rejoined the fandom again this year, I'm looking more into what the fandom really is and trying to be a bigger part of it this time around. I do have a fursona, I am drawing more art that certainly can be classified as furry, I've had people say I should draw furry art. So far, I can't say I'm disappointed. I enjoy watching other fursuiters go out and interact with people and kids and make them smile. I'm still not certain that's really for me; I'd rather teach them something, and be happy they learned something from me.