In honor of the occasion, we the crew will be revealing the very apocryphal lives of our TVCU counterparts to you today. So let me introduce you to the TVCU counterpart of Robert E. Wronski, Jr.
Little Bobby was first introduced on an imaginary soap opera called the Wronskis, which did not air from 1972 - 1981. Little Bobby spun off into a comic strip that ran in Super Comics beginning with its first issue in 1979. Super Comics was a self-made comic book under the publisher also called Super Comics, which was my fan made creation. In some Little Bobby strips, he would have day dreams of being a super-hero called Super-Bob. Eventually, those day dream stories became a regular series of its own and became the center of what would become the Wronskiverse. Note that not all of the Wronskiverse is being included here. This is a very different interpretation of the character and events as they fit within the Television Crossover Universe.
Later, Super-Bob became Powerkid, a much cooler name, and later still, Powerman (even though there was a hero for hire already using that name.) But by 1995 he had retired and lost his powers.
Now going by Rob, he joined the Army, and the circumstances of those adventures will be detailed below. He married and had a son. After having a bout of madness, Rob led a solitary life, and began operating behind the scenes, on the internet, often using the pseudonym of Christopher Kowalski. He began investigating the paranormal in New England, sometimes bringing him into cooperative efforts or conflict with others in the field.
And so, now on the the Chronology!!!
November 18, 1972 to September 1981--THE WRONSKIS--A drama about a young couple who have an unexpected pregnancy. Real Life Notes: This was a fake drama that I would imagine I was living in. As a child, I found life more bearable when I could think of myself as a fictional character, and my family's life certainly fit as a soap opera.
December 1972--Little Bobby's first of many encounters with Santa Clause. Real Life Notes: Because you know, kids gotta visit with Santa. Later, in the Super-Bob/Powerkid stories, their meetings would be more adventurous.
Spring 1973--Little Bobby's first of many encounters with the Easter Bunny. Real Life Notes: As with Santa.
Summer 1979--The Wronskis, while travelling cross country, somehow find themselves temporarily transported to Bedrock of the Looniverse. Following this, they end up encountering the Looney Tunes characters, and Yosemite Sam scares the crap out of Little Bobby. Finally, they end up in the Enchanted Forest, before returning back to the TVCU. Real Life Notes: Theme parks. Flinstone Village, Six Flags, and Storyland.
November 1979--SUPER COMICS # 1--"Little Bobby"--Comic strip spin-off of the Wronskis, this featured humorous misadventures of Little Bobby and his friends. Real Life Notes: Super Comics was a real publication, sort of. It was a comic book put together by myself and friends. It was "published" originally by Wronski-Skowronski Comics, which later became also called Super Comics, named for the first comic book of the "company".
November 1979--SUPER COMICS # 1--"Super-Bob"--Little Bobby is visited by an alien from the planet Kookoorongba named Krazy-El. Krazy-El has been sent by the Great Unknown to tell Little Bobby that he has been chosen as Earth's champion. When he says "Powers of the world, give them to me" he will gain super-powers. Little Bobby becomes Super-Bob. Krazy-El trains him in the use of his powers, which are initially super strength, speed, invulnerbility and flight. Other powers will come later, "when he is ready for them". One other power he seems to have it the ability to not be recognized. He wears a duplicate of Superman's costume but does not alter his face nor wear a mask, and in fact, or years still wears his glasses in costume. Real Life Notes: This story was originally meant to be a daydream fantasy of Little Bobby, but became more popular than the Little Bobby strip. In fact, this story is the beginning of the Super Comics Universe, aka the Wronskiverse. It should be noted though that the current Wronskivese version of this origin story has been greatly retconned. Over in my Wronskiverse blog, you can find the better origin. But this is how it was originally told, and for the premise of this blog about the TVCU counterpart of me, the original version is the one that fits. Krazy-El was a spin-off character from a previous sci-fi magazine I wrote called Adventures on Other Worlds. The Super-Bob series never talks about why Super-Bob's costume resembles Superman's. It just appears when he transforms, replacing whatever clothing he had been wearing. Later, in Powerkid, it's revealed that Superman is a comic book character on an alternate Earth, and that Little Bobby was a fan, as I was indeed a fan, and that it was the first thing he imagined for a heroic costume.
September 1980--Super Comics Presents # 1--"Warworld"--Super-Bob teams with a new heroine, Pretty Gal, against an alien called Mongul and his Warworld. Real Life Notes: This story is almost exactly the same as DC Comics Presents # 28, replacing Superman and Supergirl with Super-Bob and Pretty Gal. In fact, many of the stories of Superman and Superboy from 1979 to 1986 were copied to become Super-Bob/Powerkid stories. This is the one time where I didn't also replace the villain with one of my own. Thus, as far as TVCU apocrypha is concerned, Mongul was a Super-Bob foe, not a Superman foe. Pretty Gal was incidentally based on a girl I had a crush on in second grade.
October 1980--SUPER COMICS PRESENTS # 2--"Super-Bob meets Batman"--Batman is in Orange working on a case that Super-Bob also happens to be working on. So they team up. Real Life Notes: This was the Batman of the 1960s television series, who is Dick Grayson for the purposes of the TVCU. In the TVCU, Dick Grayson didn't retire until 1986 (at the end of the Super Friends).
February 1981--SUPER COMICS PRESENTS # 6--"Super-Bob meets Chris King"--Chris King is in town (without Vicki) and has brought his "H" Dial, which is good as an alien threat looms over Orange, and only the combined efforts of Super-Bob and a multitude of heroes can save the day. Real Life Notes: This was actually the very first month that the new Dial H for Hero debuted, and my cousin Phil Sheridan and I liked it so much we had do to a team-up story. This would apocryphally bring Dial "H" for Hero into the TVCU, but not officially.
March 1981--SUPER COMICS PRESENTS # 7--"Super-Bob meets the Greatest American Hero"--Believe it or not. Ralph Hinkley ends up in Orange working on a case with FBI agent Bill Maxwell, and two brand new heroes still fumbling with their powers meet.
September 1981--SUPER COMICS # 23--"Little Bobby in Animal Town, USA"--Little Bobby and his friend Darcey find themselves in Animal Town, USA, brought there by the magic of Princess Rabbit. Animal Town is ruled by King Friday (implying that the Neighborhood of Make-Believe from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is a neighborhood within the larger Animal Town). The town's hero is Brown Bear (from the children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?). The town's mayor is Mickey Mouse, who has a bowtie with a Green Lantern power ring at its center, giving him the powers of a Green Lantern. And though not seen here, Pac-Man will later come to live in Animal Town. Real Life Notes: This was written under the premise still that the Little Bobby and Super-Bob stories were separate canon. Animal Town was another series in Super Comics based on my stuffed animals. Later, Powerkid would find he can visit Animal Town by travelling through the mystical Forbidden Forest, and that Animal Town is in fact in a separate reality. However, for TVCU apocrypha purposes, we can assume Little Bobby is Super-Bob, but chose not to reveal his identity since Darcey (who is also in the Super-Bob stories) doesn't know his secret identity.
August 1982--POWERKID # 3 AND 4--"Karate Spears"/"Powerkid meets Superman"--Powerkid encounters Karate Spears for the first time, who nearly kills the hero because he realized his weakness: apple crisp! Powerkid manages to flee and being a fan of comics, knows the theory of the mutliverse, and flies into the Forbidden Forest to travel to another universe where he might find a hero to help. He ends up on Earth-1, and with Superman's help, Karate Spears is defeated.
September 1982--POWERKID # 1--"Powekid"--Super-Bob becomes Powerkid, with a new costume. Real Life Notes; The story almost acts as if the Super-Bob stories weren't canon. This short story was the first writing assignment I did for fourth grade, and because I didn't think my teacher would get all the backstory, I gave the character a complete reboot, that really ripped off Superman's origin. Later stories would ignore this story, and reincorporate the Super-Bob stuff. Later, a story would be told in which Krazel (retconned Krazy-El) completes training Super-Bob, and offers him to wear the costume of the Powermen (police force) of his homeworld of Kookoorongba, thus he becomes Powerkid, with an almost all red suit, with the yellow upside down triangle on the chest with a P in the center. He still wears the glasses for another year. This story also references Zap, Master of Power, as Powerkid's best friend though he hadn't yet appeared in any stories, and Karate Spears as Powerkid's arch-foe, though again, he'd never before appeared. Both were the creations of two of my friends, Phil Sheridan and Charlie Spears, who would regularly contribute to Super Comics. They would end up appearing in stories soon, and getting their own origins.
SEPTEMBER 1982--POWERKID POLICE # 1--"The Super-Trio"--A magical evil calling himself Doctor Deadly comes to Orange from outer space. He claims to have once ruled this world, and now wants to reclaim it. Arriving on the scene to battle this alien wizard is Powerkid, Zap, and a new speedster hero called Speedy. Together, the three are able to stop him where one would have failed. Doctor Deadly flees into outer space. Powerkid and Zap, who are cousins Bobby Wronski and Philip Sheridan, find that this new hero is also their cousin, Shon Ames. The three realize that only by working together were they able to defeat the villain, and that some threats only can be stopped by a team. And so they put the word out that they wish to form a team, and are calling on any new heroes (since there had been a recent explosion of new heroes) who would like to join. The team ends up consisting of initially: Powerkid, Zap, Speedy, the Unknown, Man-Killer, Space Hero, Waterman, Avenger, The Toy, Bird Boy and Bird Girl, Screamer, Witch Woman, Stretch, Vic-20, Tornado Man, and Fireman. Later members would be Kitten Girl, Powergirl, and mascot Chris Whaland. Real Life Notes: During the Super-Bob era, there had been another Super-Trio consisting of Super-Bob, Super-Len, and Witch Woman. Doctor Deadly will later be revealed to be Morgoth from the Lord of the Rings, who is possessing an alien scientist's body. The Powerkid Police is obviously my version of the Justice League of America. Phil Sheridan came up with the name. Powerkid is the PKP version of the JLA's Superman. Zap is the PKP's version of the JLA's Martian Manhunter. Speedy is the PKP's version of the JLA's Flash. Incidentally, a year later, Speedy, under the new name of the Speedster, gets his own series, where he becomes a janitor as a museum in CENTRAL CITY, because he just feels the city needs a speedster. In this reality, the Flash apparently doesn't exist, at least not in the early 80s. Of course, in the TVCU, he does exist in the early 1980s in the Super Friends. I guess there's more than one Central City. The Unknown is the PKP's version of Batman. Man-Killer fills in for Wonder Woman. Space Hero fills for Green Lantern. Waterman for Aquaman. The Toy for the Atom. Bird Boy and Bird Girl are the PKP's Hawkman and Hawkwoman. Interestingly, later, Bird Boy was found to be constantly hopping around in time due to the Crisis. He was the Bird Boy/Bird Man of the 1950s/1960s Wonder Woman stories, the Bird Man of the 1960s cartoon, and later, Harvey Birdman, Attorney-At-Law. Screamer is Black Canary, obviously. Witch Woman fills in for Zatanna. Stretch fills in for Elongated Man, but is actually Stretch Armstrong, as in the toy where you could grab his arms and stretch him out. Vic-20 and Tornado Man took the place of Red Tornado. Tornado Man here is an older hero among the group, formerly having been a member of the Mighty Heroes. Fireman is the replacement for Firestorm. Kitten Girl and Powergirl joined two years later, with no JLA counterpart. Chris Whaland was the Snapper Carr of the group. The PKP disbanded in 1985, but in 1987, I wrote a story from 1984 that retroactively added the character.
October 1982--POWERKID # 2/SPACE PATROL # 2--"Powerkid meets the Space Patrol"--In the year 3082, the Butterfieldia responds to a distress call from planet Marshmellow. It turns out to be a trap. They are caught in a tractor beam, but in trying to break free, they find themselves instead thrown back to the year 1982, in in the skies over Orange, Massachusetts. When Bobby (he's no longer Little Bobby) sees it, he does his usual run to a secluded spot so he can say the magic words. He flies up to the ship and meets the crew of the Butterfieldia, including his Captain, Robert Wronski, who is Powerkid's descendant. Powerkid learns that he will be known as a legendary hero someday, and his heroic legend will inspire his future lineage. He also meets the ship's second in command, Commander Zap Rogers, who is not only a descendant of Phillip "Zap" Sheridan, but also Buck Rogers (the TV version, incidentally). While getting to meet each other, the ship is yanked back to its proper time and place. Powerkid helps the Butterfieldia save the planet's ruler, Princess Missy, from the evil Sir Nicholas. Afterwards, the crew's witch transports Powerkid back home, since he hasn't yet developed the power to travel through time on his own yet. Real Life Notes: My second fourth grade writing assignment was my first Space Patrol story. My third was this crossover tale. The Space Patrol was evolved from Starfleet, and was commanded by the United Planets, formerly United Federation of Planets, thus implying that they are in the future of both Star Trek and the Legion of Super-Heroes. It should be noted that I wasn't the first to use Space Patrol and I wasn't the last. Later stories would incorporate almost every usage of Space Patrol I could find and amalgamate them to be the same organization in different time periods or sectors of space.
September 1983--POWERKID # 13--When Krazy-El is dying as a result of a battle with an alien race of amazons called the Booers, the Great Unknown merges his mind with Bobby's.
November 1983--POWERKID # 15--Doctor Deadly teams up with his counterpart from Middle Earth and his 31st century counterparts as well as Karate Spears. They capture Bobbi the Avenger, Powerkid, and Captain Robert Wronski of the Butterfieldia in an attempt to kill them all. Real Life Notes: Bobbi the Avenger is revealed in this story to be an ancestor of Bobby Wronski. His initial storyline took place concurrently with the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The sword he possessed, the Sword of Power, was revealed later to be Excalibur, and also the sword later possessed by He-Man of Eternia and Powerlord, a hero partner of Zap, Master of Power. The sword would also at one point be possessed by an Earth teen who would also become He-Man, and teamed up once with the Wonder Twins.
September 1984--POWERKID # 25--After having his powers slowly drained by Doctor Deadly over several months, a team of Powerkid's greatest enemies attack and abduct the hero. Doctor Deadly tries to finish the process of draining the power, but not knowing that the hero is actually two people in one, ends up restoring Krazy-El in a new body separated from Bobby. The heroes are then rescued by the Powerkid Police.
September 1984--POWERKID POLICE # 25 AND 26--"Heroes of Earth"--The Powerkid Police team up with a team of heroes from an alternate reality, one where heroes are more predominately magic users and costume vigilantes. This world is less like the Television Crossover Universe, and more similar to, say, a Horror Crossover Universe. The leader of the team is named Vronski. Vronski is said to have been raised by Dracula and Venus. He is a horror host, who lives in the same reality as the stories he tells. This includes stories involving a Vietnam era version of the Creature Commandos, that implies that the original Creature Commandos also existed in that realty. Later is will be revealed that Vronski, in previous lives, has been Gandalph from Lord of the Rings and Merlin. He's also revealed later to be the Monitor (from Crisis on Infinite Earths). Another member of the Heroes of Earth was Doctor Mystery, who had another model of the Dynomutt, Dog Wonder. Another member Blacky (from General Hospital). And another was named Doctor Deadly (but not the same bad guy enemy of Powerkid). This Doctor Deadly was in fact secretly Ken Doll, married to Barbie Doll. This Doctor Deadly once fought the Empire from Star Wars.
July 1985--THE CRISIS WITHIN--This mini-series took place concurrently with Crisis on Infinite Earths. It featured every Super Comics character that ever appeared thus far. The story reveals that the Crisis affected all realities, including those of Powerkid, the Heroes of Earth, and Animal Town. This story also takes place in many time periods, involving the present day characters, Suiper-Bob from 1982, Middle-Earth, the Space Patrol, ect. This also includes appearance of G-Force from Battle of the Planets, Zorro, the Lone Ranger, Star Trek, Buck Rogers, Star Wars, Mighty Mouse, the Super Friends, He-Man, Batman and Robin, the Greatest American Hero, Dial H for Hero, the Mighty Heroes, G.I. Joe, the Ghostbusters, and Madison Mermaid from Splash. (There may be more that I can't remember.) The story reveals that these realities (which would be the TVCU, HCU, and Looniverse), were affected by the anti-matter wall and the time and space anomalies. The Super Comics heroes and villains were all on the Monitor's satellite, along with heroes from the Marvel Universe as well. (For the sake of the TVCU, these alternate realities were all divergent timelines with the exception of the Looniverse, which is a magical real in the Void between realities). Powerkid and other Super Comics heroes were part of a second team that invade the anti-matter universe. But after that, the Powerkid Police and Heroes of Earth had to deal with a separate crisis within their own realities. Doctor Deadly has taken advantage of the weakening of time and space to attempt to destroy all reality. He's defeated, but a barrier is created that traps the Heroes of Earth in the TVCU, unable to return to their Horror Crossover Universe. Also during these events, the Anti-Monitor kills Powergirl, who Powerkid had a crush on. At the end of these events, the Powerkid Police disband and Powerkid retires. He also decides that he is no longer Bobby, and goes by Bob. Another effect of the Crisis is that Powerkid loses knowledge of the future, including his meetings with the Space Patrol.
July 1985 - August 1986--Around this time period, Phil Sheridan and Bob Wronski begins operating as an unauthorized second branch of the Ghostbusters.
September to December 1986--HEROES--No, not the show from NBC. I came up with it first, so NBC executives, I'm still waiting for a check. In this story, Doctor Deadly has created an alliance between several alien worlds in a plan to invade Earth. Angela, princess of Booer, travels to Earth to warn Powerkid, and they head to Death Planet, Deadly's home, to stop him. Meanwhile, Vonski enlists Zap, Master of Power to assist Powekid, because Powerkid is too bitter after the Crisis to turn to his former teammates for assistance. Also, Deadly's wife, Teela (from Masters of the Universe) comes to Earth to recruit the hero now called Speed Demon who was once Speedy. The three heroes who originally faced Doctor Deadly in 1982 end up working together again against Deadly's forces on Death Planet. Meanwhile, the crew of the Galaxy V commanded by Captain Robert Bossman arrive, having been accidentally transported from the year 3082. (This is a alternate future of a reboot version of Space Patrol called Star Patrol. ) The crew from the future never run into the present day heroes. Eventually, the Star Patrol crew get sent back home, and the other heroes wind up back in Orange, where they are joined by other heroes Fireman and Bob Zan. The combined heroic efforts end up repelling the invasion. The heroes present choose to form a new Heroes of Earth team, realizing the absence of the Powerkid Police almost cost Earth its freedom.
September 1987--POWERKID # 61 AND 62--"Powerkid meets the Star Patrol"-Having lost his memories of meeting the Space Patrol, Powerkid meets the Star Patrol from an alternate future for the first time, after they end up getting tossed back in time. This time, Vronski uses his magic to send them home. Real Life Notes: The Star Patrol canon and mythos contains all the same crossover connections that the Space Patrol had. I used the Crisis as an excuse to modernize the series with a more mature style.
November 1987--POWERKID # 63--"Possessed"--Bob's sister Michelle is possessed by Satan, and since that's not his area, he turns to the Monster Club, a team of teenagers that consist of a vampire, witch, werewolf, and ghost. They live in Hadenville, Ohio, which is also the location for the headquarters of the new Heroes of Earth introduced in Heroes. It's also the setting for Dark Knight over Hadenville, a 1989 story in which a troubled teen creates his own Batman costume and become a vigilante. That story concludes with the real Batman and Joker appearing, in their post-crisis versions, which for the TVCU would be Bruce Wayne Junior and Jack Napier. (There's some that feel that this Joker might actually be an immortal who was the original Joker. Others might argue that the clown prince here is Creed Bratton of the Grassroots and the Office.) The werewolf teen of the Monster Club is named Gary Talbot, and yes, he is related to Larry Talbot, the Wolf Man. Satan is a villain from...well, you know.
November 1988--POWERMAN # 1--"Deathmen Invasion"--Bob Wronski decides he's no longer a kid, and so become Powerman. Luke Cage doesn't sue. This story was part of a crossover with Heroes of Earth, but no other "real" crossovers were involved.
Summer 1989--Bob and his family end up travelling through time and space, ending up in Story Land (one of the magical realms of the void), Santa's workshop at the North Pole, and in the old west.
Summer 1990--Bob and his family as well as his friend John mysteriously end up in the Looniverse and vacation at Jellystone Park.
December 1990--FINAL CRISIS--Yes, that was the title, so DC, you owe me money. In this story, Doctor Deadly, finishing what he tried to start in the Crisis Within, actually destroys the universe. The next month, the new Super Comics Universe is officially launched, completely rebooting the series. Now, Chris Kowalski is visited by the old wizard Allorin Vonski who bestows on him the powers of the Champion of Earth. This reboot version only lasted a couple of years, before I integrated the those stories into the original canon, combining the two versions into what became the Wronskiverse. But back to the TVCU, for our purposes here, this was the last time Bob Wronski was Powerman. So for our purposes, the effects of what Deadly did with the Universal Transponder simply released an after effect of what the Time Trapper did in 1985. The heroes and villains of Orange lost their powers and the world forgot about them. Bob, having forgotten his heroic past, but having it still there buried deep, starts writing his Wronskiverse, featuring Chris Kowalski as Powerman.
Spring 1992--Bob visits New York city with friends John Barstow (once a member of the Heroes of Earth before Final Crisis and later the recording artist Johnny Bowtie) and Kenny Maxwell (formerly the supervillain Krusher before the Final Crisis). They visit the Empire State Building, legendary for the KING KONG incident as well as for being the headquarters of DOC SAVAGE. The Empire State Building is also the favorite building of architect Ted Mosby (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER). The Empire State Building also connects to: LOVE AFFAIR/AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER/SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, EMPIRE, PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTING THIEF, FAIL-SAFE, THE PRODUCERS, THE TIME MACHINE, SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, WEST SIDE STORY, STEP UP 3D, THE OTHER GUYS, INDEPENDENCE DAY, KNOWING, THE DIVIDE, DOCTOR WHO, FRINGE, MYTHBUSTERS, AVENUE Q, THUNDERBIRDS, MUCH ADO ABOUT NUTTING, MOUSE IN MANHATTAN, and EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING. There are also literary connections, but as regular readers of this blog know, I tend not to focus as much on printed material. Here is the list of films linked to the building from the building's own website: Since 1931, the Empire State Building has been an international icon and has been immortalized on the Silver Screen as a timeless classic for not only New York, but the world. As a hot destination for Hollywood, filmmakers have featured the building in more than 250 feature films to tell their tales. Some of the most memorable Empire State Building moments can be seen in "King Kong," "An Affair to Remember," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Elf," and "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief."
Fall 1992--Bob gets his first tattoo from a man named Hawk in Columbus, Georgia, while on a pass from Army Basic Training. Hawk has a wall of pictures of women he has had sex with. One of the pictures is of him and Jeannie (Jeannie) Nelson (from I DREAM OF JEANNIE!)
Sprin 1993--Rob visits New York City again, this time with his lady friend Kerry. They visit the United Nations, located across the street from the New York embassy of JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL. Click here for a list of fictional works connected to the United Nations.
May 1995 - September 1998--Now going by Rob, our hero joins the regular Army and is stationed in Seoul, South Korea for three years. He is assigned to the 8th Army, as seen in M*A*S*H. Rob is assigned to a top-secret underground installation. At this point, I should remind folks that I cannot actually say any more about what the real me did during that time regarding work, and that the following is only involving my fictional TVCU counterpart.
- Note that the 8th Army symbol also looks like the Umbrella Corporation logo. The Umbrella Corporation also worked in top secret underground installations.
- At one point, when an officer was caught taking photos in a restricted area, Specialist Wronski had to stand guard, until the Men in Black showed up to take him away. The officer was never seen again.
- Specialist Wronski also accidentally stumbled upon a room that looked like this.
- Finally, Specialist Wronski spent some time in Panmunjom, a frequent setting on M*A*S*H.
September 1998 to May 2004--Rob lives in the Seattle area, where he regularly tunes in to Doctor Frasier Crane in the radio and at one point investigates one the secret lairs of Doctor Evil.
January to June 2000--Sergeant Wronski works as an Investigative Assistant with the Army Criminal Investigation Division. During this time, Sergeant Wronski works on a few cases in conjunction with the NCIS and JAG.
2001 -- Rob, who has found during his time with CID that he is a natural researcher, and finding a need to uncover the mysteries our world, based on his military experiences and the hidden memories of his former heroic life, begins using the internet to seek out answers. He accidentally stumbles upon an alleged secret history of our world. Not knowing why, Rob naturally trusts that much of this information is indeed correct, and that indeed we lived in a world where alien invasions were covered up, where magic is real but kept from the public, and where heroes once existed but were forgotten. Rob also uncovers the activities of MONSTAAH, an organization devoted to battling the forces of darkness. Unfortunately, Rob also discovers the existence of the the realty of the Cthulhu Mythos.
2002 -- Rob begins to suffer from madness.
2003--Though no longer working for the military, with the MIB, CID, or Umbrella Corporation, Rob still manages to get his hands on the ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE.
2003--DREAMCATCHER--This book and film conclude at the Quabbin Resevoir, which is just near Orange, where Rob grew up. He has been there often. Note the novel leads to a divergent timeline, but the film version ends in a way that works for the TVCU.
2004-- Rob performs a ritual to give his soul to the devil for power, but instead becomes possessed by some ancient demon. Rob gains the memories of this demon, which includes involvement in legendary events of the past. This demon, while possessing others in the past, has battled Sherlock Holmes and Dracula, known Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and led the terrorists organization Cobra.
October 2005--Though he had visited the town a few time before, circumstances cause Rob to move to Northampton, MA, where he still currently resides. Rob lives near the farmhouse where the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES hid out for a time, as well as the studio where Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird wrote biographical stories of the Turtles. Note panel 3 below is the Calvin Theater, which is directly across the street from the courthouse seen in the film EDGE OF DARKNESS. I have seen George Carlin there as well as Lewis Black, a correspondent for THE DAILY SHOW.
2005 -- Rob is freed of the demon and his soul is restored through divine intervention.
2007 to 2011 -- Phil Sheridan (one the hero called Zap, Master of Power and Rob's cousin) creates a paranormal investigation team called Quabbin Valley Paranormal and invites Rob to join. Eventually Rob will become the team's Tech Manager, Field Team Leader, Treasurer, Operations Manager, and Deputy Director. The team becomes part of the TAPS Family. TAPS is THE ATLANTIC PARANORMAL SOCIETY, and are the stars of GHOST HUNTERS. Of course, the GHOST HUNTERS have met HELLBOY as well as WWE wrestlers. Rob will meet Mike Dion and Krysten Garland from Ghost Hunters and become friends with several members of Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International. Rob and his team will investigate several locations later investigated on GHOST HUNTERS, GHOST ADVENTURES, and THE HAUNTED. Eventually, Jason Hawes of GHOST HUNTERS will say some negative comments about Rob and his team on his show for the sake of his own grandstanding that will make Rob cynical of the field of investigation and will leave the team.
2007 -- After years of secretly studying notes, Rob begins posting his own findings in his MySpace blog.
Spring 2008--Rob visit Salem with his mother. As noted in Ivan's blog, Salem, Massachusetts is linked to several real and fictional stories of ghosts and witches, including Hawthorne's novel THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES (1951), Miller's play THE CRUCIBLE(1953), eight Season 7 episodes of BEWITCHED (filmed in 1970) and the movie HOCUS POCUS (1993).
Summer 2008--CRISIS--Powerman (Chris Kowalski) of an alternate reality gathers his doppelgangers from several parallel Earths to assist in the upcoming battle against the New Power Organization of his world. Rob is one of those recruited, though he's not sure why, since he has no powers. He's also completely overwhelmed to find that his fictional character, Chris Kowalski, and all the stories written about him, are real in an alternate reality. Rob learns that all the doppelgangers have a psychic link, and that Rob writes about the stories that he sees, not the stories that he creates. Later, once returned home, Rob will dismiss it as a dream, and write up the story of the event.
2008 to 2009 -- While attending GCC, Rob's Spanish classes use the textbook Dos Mundos. This is the same textbook used by the study group on COMMUNITY in season one. It is also the Spanish textbook used by Haley Dunphy's high school Spanish class on MODERN FAMILY.
Fall 2008--EDGE OF DARKNESS--This Mel Gibson movie is set in Northampton, MA. In one scene of the film, set at the courthouse, Rob, his mother, and his new friend Jessica are standing just a few feet out of the frame when Mel Gibson's character is walking from the courthouse (at 1:30 on the clip below). (This is actually true. We got closer than we should have been allowed during the filming of this movie, because we pretended to be crew. My mother and I are interviewed by local media about watching the filming. Note they misspelled my name.)
2009 to 2011--While attending the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, one of Rob's Legal Studies professors is Judith Holmes, clearly a descendant of the great detective (or his brother?).
January 2011--After a falling out with the NWNMS over the focus of the organization, Rob leaves (and is banned) and launches a blog devoted to finding the links between the weird events of our world. Soon, he develops a "crew" of fellows who help research and provide him with valuable information.
2011--While studying at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Rob has one instance where he witnesses the 10th Doctor running past his classroom. Then there was the time Harry Potter was eating in the Campus Center. Note that I had a picture of Harry Potter eating lunch at my school, and it seems to have magically disappeared from my computer, my phone, and Facebook.
Spring 2012--Rob believe he hears the TARDIS outside his office. Going out to check, there's nothing there, which of course proves it was the TARDIS. He does however find a copy of a book titled SO YOUR CREATED A WORMHOLE: THE TIME TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO TIME TRAVEL.
Summer 2012--Rob once again encounters the second Batman, who has been thrown forward in time with his partner Robin from a point in the 1970s. Rob of course had forgotten his prior meeting with Batman, and for Batman, this is his first meeting with Rob, but his next meeting with Rob will be when Rob is a young Super-Bob, so he will not recognize that it is the same person. There was also another encounter during this time anomaly.
2013--So yeah, all this time Jerry and George thought they were making this up, but as seen in CHUCK, we know this is a real company, and here is further proof.
2013--MONSTAAH is restructured and led by Professor Christopher Nigro. Rob's recent research brings him to the attention of the team, and they add him to their staff, making him an honorary professor. (In an alternate timeline, Chris Kowalski is a researcher of the unknown who has a loose affiliation with MONSTAAH).
January 11, 2014--From Ivan's blog: NIGHTMARE AT THE MUSEUM
Summer 2014--After Rob releases his book on the horrors of our world, entitled THE HORROR CROSSOVER UNIVERSE, MONSTAAH discovers that Rob may have more than just keen researching abilities, and categorizes him as a Horror Host.
At some point in the future -- It's common that when the Doctor (Who?) dies, he regenerates into new forms, and sometimes he takes the form of someone he has encountered in the past.
Also at some point in the future, Rob sits his son Connor down and tells him how he wrote the How I Met Your Mother blog.
July 4, 2043--Rob is in Arizona when a nuclear blast kills him. (This is based on a dream I had once, but considering the date, this must have been an early event involving World War III as depicted in STAR TREK and/or related to the ever sliding JUDGEMENT DAY from TERMINATOR.)
Well, that's it. Note that I probably forgot stuff, and I reserve the right to update as I remember things, just as with any other blog post. This blog is a part of the historic first ever blog post crossover event. Please be sure to check out the other crossover posts from James Bojaciuk, Kevin Heim and Toby O'Brien.
And incidentally, Blogger sucks. The reason my April 1 blog is being posted so late is because I couldn't access my draft for almost 24 hours.