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    (May 25, 1949-August 8, 2007)
    Born in Richmond, Virginia
    Birth name was Josef Carl Engressia, Jr.
    Legally changed his name to Joybubbles in 1991
    Nickname was Whistler
    Early phone phreak - telecommunication systems hacker
    Earned a degree in philosophy at the University of South Florida
    Ordained minister of his own Church of Eternal Childhood
    Reverted to his childhood (May 1988), claiming he was five years old
    Died of congestive heart failure in Minneapolis at age 58
    He changed his name to a single, silly one.
    His high school year book photo shows him in a phone booth.
    He charged other students at USF $1 to make free long distance phone calls for them.
    The stunt cost him a $25 fine and he was temporarily suspended from the university.
    He phreaked for three years (1968-71) until the F.B.I. busted him, charged him with malicious mischief and gave him a suspended sentence.
    He specifically moved to Minneapolis on 6-12-82 because the city's area code was 612.
    He got a job with the University of Minnesota's agriculture department as an odor panelist (he sniffed pig shit).
    In 1998 he traveled to the University of Pittsburgh and for six weeks listened to the entire archival library of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' on tape (around 800 episodes).
    He cried for days and was inconsolable when Fred Rogers died in 2003.
    He was born blind.
    As a child he was molested in school by a nun, a claim his mother never fully believed.
    As an adult, his IQ was 172.
    He became a counterculture hero by his ability to whistle at 2600 hertz into a telephone, the frequency needed to steal calls.
    He quit phreaking after the F.B.I. encounter, which was just as well due to the mid-70s digitalization of telephones that ended the tone-based system.
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he was an early inspiration during his college years.
    During his 'Mister Rogers' adventure, he endured a mugging and the Pittsburgh area's first ever recorded tornado.
    He set up phone lines for kids - one a weekly telephone story line called 'Stories and Stuff' and another to discuss the motivational organization for youth 'Up with People.'
    The latter phone line was called 'Zzzzyzzerrific Funline,' making it (by design) the last entry in the Minneapolis phone book.
    He became Joybubbles in part to help erase painful childhood memories, and when asked why Mr. Rogers mattered, he stated: 'When you’re playing and you’re just you, powerful things happen.'

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