March 3, 2006: 1HeckOfAGuy, Cohencentric’s Predecessor, Launched

As long-time readers know, is the phoenix version of The first post, Opening Statement, which was precisely as provocative and stimulating a read as one would anticipate from the title, went online 12 years ago – March 3, 2006. The site closed, for all practical purposes, in mid-February 2015.1

Like its author, Heck Of A Guy in its younger days was slimmer in appearance (the original format is shown above)f and even less proper in tone; note the original subtitle scrawled across the top of the page in the illustration above:

If this has made just 1 person spew Pinot Noir through his or her nose, then it’s all been worth it.

And the content was different as well.  The early posts (for example, the second entry, A Heck Of A [Warm-Up] Guy) focused on my life and interests.

Today’s post is an acknowledgement of the nearly 4,000 posts featuring not only Leonard Cohen, most of which can now be found at Cohencentric, but also my life with and the writings of my deceased wife Julie Showalter, my mom’s incredible collectibles, Neil Ellis photos, and other esoterica, including a two part series on broomcorn and a list of risky BDSM safewords, many of which are now republished at

For those keeping score, the first mention of Leonard Cohen at the 1HeckOfAGuy URL was the July 6, 2006 entry, “Do I Have To Dance All Night” – The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve (Probably) Never Heard, and posts about him, Anjani, Lorca, Adam,  and the rest of the gang were for some time only occasional occurrences.

Cohencentric To Celebrate 3rd Year Online: March 7, 2017

Cohencentric will celebrate its third anniversary March 7, 2018.

The Outcome

On considering this record, DrHGuy is spending the rest of the day trying to recall what the heck he was thinking 12 years ago.


  1. still exists, albeit only as a site redirecting folks looking for a Leonard Cohen post originally published on that site to Cohencentric []

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