By Jenna Olson
Publisher of The Bolingbrook Babbler
It was 16 years ago this month that the first Bolingbrook Babbler article was published on the web. To this day, readers debate whether we should have used Lewis University’s preferred spelling, or the one used by the copy editor at the time.
Identity politics aside, the launch of our web site ushered in a new era for The Bolingbrook Babbler. We became an internationally recognized source for the unbelievable truth about Bolingbrook. Despite Mayor Roger Claar’s e-mails, we have put Clow UFO Base, the world’s largest urban UFO base, on the map.
Even the global skeptical movement has been forced to deal with us. Our staff members have spoken at TAM, the skeptic track at GenCon, and all but one of the Chicago Skepticamps. The Skepchicks have written about us. Doubtful News noticed us. A Committee for Skeptical Inquiry said we ventured to the “Dark Side.” Our webmaster faced off against PZ Myers in a Quizotron! Those skeptics who want to deceive the world into believing that Bolingbrook is just a simple suburb were resisted by us.
As web site enters its 16th year, we realize that we can’t stand still. Like every parent, we eventually have to give our teenager the keys to a car. In our case, that means stepping up our online presence. In the coming year, you can look forward to a new sister publication to join the Manchester Mumber, and The Red Deer Reporter. If all goes according to plan, we should publish our first e-book next year. We can’t release too details about it right now. We can say that a flyer for the book was banned at Chicago Skepticamp 2014. That’s their right, but they don’t have the right to keep you from reading our book!
As always, we’ll keep reporting on the unbelievable truth and those who wish to suppress it. You won’t find stories about Roger Claar’s alien youth program, his interstellar vacations, or Lisle tree oligarchy anywhere else but in The Babbler!
To the long time readers of our web page, thank you for your support. To our new readers, welcome aboard, and feel free to look at our archive. To all of our readers, we promise keep showing you that the truth is unbelievable!