Within a couple of weeks following the press release issued in the wee hours (4:00 a.m. EDT) of Monday, April 20, 1998, there were three prominent posters who appeared on the CCA thread, whose personal Profiles identified them as 'Female'.
The earliest of the three was, of course, the mean Queen of Bile, about whom the General will have more to say in due course.
The first "heroine" to appear was (as pc has reminded us) Anderson1_99. Anderson, however, was NOT the "other" female that nic was having a problem recalling. Who nic was alluding to was Longtheory.
Of the three, the General would expect that probably Anderson was the only customer for Maxi-pads.
Now there may be some of you out there who are (skeptically) wondrin', "How can someone, who professes to having to leave a trail of breadcrumbs whenever they're "allowed" to leave their abode for a walk, remember that stuff?"
The answer is really quite simple. The General has filed away that 4:00 a.m. EDT press release issued on 4/20/98 and the circumstances in its immediate wake, in the same deep, dark, recesses of his (demented) mind, where he's stored such 'events' as where he was when he first heard JFK was shot or when he heard Pearl Harbor was bombed. Seems appropriate to the General.
Now the General would NOT refer to the mean Queen of Bile as a 'heroine', despite the fact that cleo was proven to be right in her repeated caveats re: Doc & son.
cleo's idea of "taking 'her' coo," had nothing to do with wanting Doc's scalp, 'she' wanted another body part that also begins with an 's'. The General believes it's called a 'scrotum' (and whatever goes with it).
It does not surprise the General that the one name nic could recall was cleo's. Despite all those electro-shock treatments, despite all the irreversible damage they wreaked on a once brilliant mind, cleo is forever etched into nic's conscious, subconscious, unconscious (take your pick).
Ya see, the way the General remembers it, there was this love/hate thing goin' on between cleo and the nicster. To the General's way of visualizing it, it was kind'a like the final scenes in the 3rd remake/4th filming of Dashiell Hammett's novel, The Maltese Falcon.
The 1941 film, starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Ward Bond was actually the 3rd filming of Hammett's story.
John Huston not only wrote the screenplay, but he made his directorial debut as well and was nominated for an Oscar for both categories.
The way the General remembers the scenes (for those of you who might not have been witness to the CCA thread back then), the nicster was cast in Bogie's roll as Sam Spade, and cleo was cast in Mary Astor's roll as Brigid O'Shaughnessy, who has just 'taken the fall' (thanks to nic) for the murder of Spade's partner and is being taken away in custody by Barton McLain.
As the barred gate of the elevator closes, the camera cuts to a close-up of cleo's frightened and bewildered stare (into the camera) as, in a moment or two, the caged elevator will begin its descent.
Meanwhile, the scene cuts to nic, standing next to Detective Sgt. Tom Polhaus (Ward Bond), who is holding this paper mache statue of a bird that has been fashioned out of CCA stock certificates. The "bird" is quickly decomposing in the Detective's hands and Polhaus turns to Spade and says, "Sam, What is this s__t?"
And nic replies, as they both head for the stairwell, crossing in front of the elevator whch has now begun its descent,
(remember how old cleo started all her posts out with the name of the person to whom she was addressing it, followed by many exclamation points?) e.g. General!!!!!!
in any case, General!!!!! you old flatterer, you!!!!! we did actually give old cleo a run for her money, eh?? .....pity she had it right the whole time....as to "longtheory," nic wonders if any of the brigade has heard from him/her since the infamous final collapse of PZN.
General, my memories of that period aren't quite as vivid as yours. Longtheory was indeed the third "female" in that grouping, though I doubt "cleo" would want to be grouped with the other two in any catagory. That aside the shadow images I have from that period pretty well fit the picture you've described.
I think I'll have to go in search of "The Maltese Falcon", I can't recall ever seeing it. Of course I can't recall any number of movies seen on the late, late, late, show with a (near empty) bottle of Johnnie Walker Black or Swing near to hand.