inspiration for the Brian Morden Foundation logo came from several
First you need to
understand the symbol: <3.
Those who use the Internet have very clever ways of expressing
a variety of emotions, ideas, etc. Look at <3 sideways and
youll see a heart, the symbol of love.
Several of Brians
friends and his brother Jamin explained that Brian would often
use the <3 symbol when Internet games were getting heated.
He would try to calm players down by typing <3 during their
Brian also used <3
in many of his posts. His last post to the HBO Forum was on January
25, 2003, in reply to a call for help from his best friend, SilverBrin
(Brian Johnson) who started his message with, "Well, as
most of you may know, the HBO regular, the defender of love himself,
Ar-Isildur, has been fighting cancer for the past two years."
In reply to SilverBrins
call for help, an HBO Community member who did not know Brian
: From this day fourth I would like us to be known as the HBO
: FLOODERS and fill up his room with cards, notes, thoughts and
: to raise his spirits and fill his heart.
mission accomplished. to date i have received some 200+ emails
and cards. your <3 and support has been absolutely overwhelming.
i don't know what to say except thank you ... all of you.
as for my health, well, generally it's improving but my future
is still very uncertain. i still can't walk or move about on my
own easily, so i'm still in the hospital.
i'll go into more detail later, but i'm quite tired. i just wanted
to drop a line. thanks and <3 to you all!
Deimos Fawkes, from
subnova.com, made the first Superissy shield in honor
of our comrad, Ar-Isildur. http://subnova.com/library/?aid=20030112.191109
(One of Brians Internet nicknames was issy.)
In an email from Deimos
Fawkes (3of9 and also known as Josh) after Brian died, he said,
When I made it for Brian one of the times he was in the
hospital, all I could think of was how amazing he was. I was so
happy when he logged into the server and told me how much he liked
it. Not knowing this until we decided on the logo, it
has made us very happy to know that Brian had seen this shield
and loved it. We also finally made the discovery through this
email that our whole family had actually met Deimos Fawkes (of
course Brian knew this, but sometimes Internet names and real
names get confusing, so were not always sure who weve
met or not). Even though we only met the one time in
New York, I felt wonderfully comfortable in your family van. You
and yours are always in my prayers.
Jesse, another terrific Internet friend said, Brian not
only understood what we termed the power of <3,
but lived it.
Miguel (yet another wonderful Internet friend of Brians)
helped finalize our decision to use the Superissy design with
the <3. In his post after Brian died, Miguel said, I
and a few others have actually met Brian in person, and I feel
privileged to have been in the company of someone that was both
a lover and a fighter. Brian shocked his doctors by fighting the
cancer that was eating through his body to the bitter end. Yet
through out it all, his love for his friends and family never
faltered, and we never failed to give it right back to him.
You didn't have
to meet him in person to see what a great guy he is. Just do a
search through the forum's archive for his posts. You will see
that we have lost a warm and decent human being.
For the man that
popularized "<3", it is only fitting that he stayed
with his family and friends through Valentine's Day. Brian was
no fool. (Brian died early Saturday morning, February
Thanks to Josh, Miguel, SilverBrin, Jamin, and Jesse for helping
us create a fitting logo for the foundation that represents the
love so many felt for Brian and he for them, as well as the love
we hope to continue through the works of the Brian Morden Foundation.