My name is Joe Carl, and I'm a 39 year old Electrical Engineer doing mostly software development these days.
I first saw Go when I was 10 years old. My father played the game a few times with his brother, and it looked cool. The board and stones were owned by his brother, and when he moved away, I didn't see it again until I was in College.
I went to The Ohio State University and while in a gaming store, I found a goban, stones, and some basic books by James Davies. I bought them up thinking I'd find someone to play back at the dorms. I was wrong though; no one wanted to learn the game, and since I didn't really know how to play anyway no one wanted to learn from me either :)
So the game went on the shelf until about 1990 when I was working for a government contractor who had internet access. There I found IGS and that was where I learned to play the game. I started out as a 27k player and over the past decade have worked my way up to 2k (recent IGS 3 stone promotion).
I've started my own Go Club http://home.neo.rr.com/cuyahogo in the Akron/Canton Ohio area, and I love introducing the game to anyone interested in learning the game.
My other interests are Origami, Isshinryu Karate, Scuba diving, Diplomacy, and many other things too trivial to mention :)
You can reach me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In a separate, and probably misguided effort to better understand the game, I've tried to come up with an EquivalentGameToGo that might give me insight into the real game