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"Richard Cheshire" is a pseudonym for Robert Osband. Ozzie writes articles and does speaking engagements as "The Cheshire Catalyst". Upon first meeting, when asked "What's your real name?", Cheshire Catalyst will answer, "Richard Cheshire". This is because most people will be happy with that answer. They are aware that Superman is Clark Kent, and that Peter Parker is Spiderman. A third level of abstraction (strictly for my personal privacy) doesn't occur to most people. It is, however, the worst kept secret on 4 continents.
This document is actually an addendum to my resumé found at http://Robert.Osband.US. The information herein is intended to provide additional background about my personal activities that I would not ordinarily bring to my "day job".
Teleconnect Magazine, New York NY
Writer 1983 to 1987.
Wrote articles for Harry Newton's Teleconnect Magazine under the pseudonym "Richard Cheshire". The idea was that I couldn't very well use "The Cheshire Catalyst" to write articles about modern telecommunications matters and product reviews, but wanted to try to keep "my following" from the newsletter. Some of the things I wrote for Harry included some definitions for the First Edition of Newton's Telecommunications Dictionary.
2600 Magazine, New York NY
Writer and Convention Staff 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018.
I have worked with the magazine "2600, The Hackers Quarterly". Besides contributing articles on an irregular basis, I speak at, and help run their HOPE, or "Hackers On Planet Earth" conferences. For the second through 9th conference, I maintained the Post Convention Hyper Links, a list of "electonic press clippings" relating to the event. In 2008, I was the Volunteer Coordinator for the conference. I have been a "friend of the firm" since the early days of the publication, and consider 2600 to be the "follow on" to the TAP Newsletter. 2600 editor "Emmanuel Goldstein" has granted me an e-mail account (Cheshire@2600.Com) in return for my services to the company.
In order to maintain the fiction of seperate identities, Cheshire has a seperate web page at http://CheshireCatalyst.Com. The Ozzie home page can be found at http://Spaceyideas.Com/ozzie/. Cheshire maintains a web page to explain the identities.
Because of my Phone Phreak background, I was the first to realize (by visting the web site of the North American Numbering Plan Administration) that the number 321 was available for "Geographic Relief" when the Florida Public Service Commission called a Public Hearing on the subject of splitting the 407 area code. Since the area under consideration included the "Space Coast of Florida", I thought that the area around Cape Canaveral FL (arguably the Countdown Capitol of the World) should have Area Code 3-2-1. Since my testimony before the Public Service Commission hearing, and subsequent events surrounding the establishment of the 321 Area Code would be a very public matter, this had to be an "Ozzie" project.
It all culminated in the
First Official Phone Call being placed from Tallahassee by Governor Jeb Bush to Kennedy Space Center Deputy Directory James Jennings at the Space Center's teleconferencing room. Among assembled Space Center officials, and contractor executives on 1999 Novembe 01. I was seated to Mr Jenning's right as he answered the call. In his remarks before the call, Governor Bush praised "Ozzie's simple, bold idea to reccognize Florida's Space Industry with this Area Code".
Then PSC Chairman Julia Johnson came up to me after the the original PSC hearing and informed me that they had contacted NANPA, and had been told that a list such as I'd presented in my testimony was considered proprietary. I had found the list on the Internet in their public web site, and she personally thanked me for my testimony. In the Report and Order establishing Area Code 321, Robert Osband is thanked for the idea.
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