by Patch O'Furr
Furry reached new heights in 2016. Disney came to our party. There was a low point of a chemical attack on Midwest FurFest that turned into a high quality Vice News story. Notice the title, “CSI Fur Fest” – I’d like to think it was chosen to make up for the other CSI, who did us a disservice. But this time “the media” earned a nomination for a 2016 Ursa Major award.
It was cool that Vice did that story. The media was on our side. That’s the theme of this post.
In 2017, there was the unreal experience of Furry Nazis grabbing the wheel for a minute and making us swerve into no-man’s land. Maybe we’re getting back on track, but don’t relax. Those headlines were rough, but rougher ones are coming.
Look at California, where you might say Furry Fandom really got started. In SoCal, the Skiltaire House is where you can hang out with the founders of the first convention and have a friendly night of fursuiting or watching animation. That’s where Jennifer Yost was known as a mom to others, including her daughter Daydreamer Fox. They went together.
One day in the fall of 2016, Daydreamer went missing. The Skiltaire put out an alert. I shared it and got contact from a reporter. Then Daydreamer was found. It wasn’t a missing person alert any more. The Yost parents and a family friend were dead and two other kids were orphaned.