I helped found Otakon, an anime convention that runs these days in the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland. It was, in 2003, the largest anime convention in the United States. Yay, Otakon. I'm not particularly involved in planning these days, but I do still help with registration and such.
This stands in place of the longish, detailed article that the Blogger monster ate when I tried to post it. Maybe I'll replicate it later, but I doubt it.