subject: In Search of Lost Time body: Thank you so much for your site! As a melancholy loner youth of 14, I spent 3 weeks living in a married students' dorm at W.W.U in August of 1981 while my parents attended summer school. One of my chief sources of entertainment was running around to all of the campus sculptures and checking the inside surfaces for Tina graffiti, only one of which I remember: "Tina Chopp is God. She has V.D." I'm thinking this might have occured at the tail end of the "graffiti incident". For exactly two decades I have regaled people with tales of Tina and whom I imagined her to be...people thought I was crazy...and I began to think it was all an hallucination... until yesterday when I finally buckled under and did a web search. Thank you for confirming that Tina Chopp is real and that I am as crazy as I believed I was. Though not particularly religious, you can trust that I shall do my small part to spread the doctrine of Tina Chopp (as I have sort of been doing for 20 years) throughout southern British Columbia. M.S.K. P.S. I used to be a professional writer and actually wrote an "epic" poem about those days at W.W.U. Tina got a couple of stanzas all to herself. It was, alas, never published.
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hmm... the "married students' dorm" in 1981 was probably Birnham Woods, which was down the road a little bit from Buchannan Towers, the birthplace of The Church. My recollection is that the "She has V.D." grafitti was inside the sculpture called Wright's Triangle, by Richard Serra, and it was an addition to the already existing grafitti, added by some unknown person (for all we know, it may have been you!). however, we are sorry to inform you that you really are crazy, and it really is an hallucination. welcome to The Church of Tina Chopp - if you want to formalize your membership you will probably want to attend a Public Ritual Vegetable Sacrifice, at which participants are given the opportunity to