Hi Frank, it’s so good to have your mailbag back.
I’m writing to you again because this month our website, www.beyondthesea.it, is turning 18 (so, we reached the Italian legal age).
I don’t know how it happened, but it happened. If I could go back in time, to the exact moment when the younger version of myself decided to put online all The X-Files materials I had collected and saved onto many floppy disks (because, yeah, I’m that old), I’d give her this advice: “Be careful, you don’t know what you are doing… this could affect your whole life in unbelievable ways”.
Every single day since then has been exactly this. Unbelievable.
In all these years online I learned how challenging it could be to deal with The X-Files fans. Every single person has their personal thoughts about the show, their way to love it (or hate it) and a very personal and unique way to express their opinions. But thanks to this difference, we could meet each other and create friendships.
This website has kind of been my personal declaration of love for the show, the characters and the writers, all of whom made my life better and are always inspiring me, even today. I don’t know if the show really ended, maybe no one knows, but I know for sure that the story of “Beyond the Sea” is far from finished.
Congratulations, Francesca! Eighteen years is an incredible milestone. It has been an honor and a pleasure getting to know you and all the Italian fans. Your support, intelligence and enthusiasm has enriched my experience of The X-Files in ways I never could have imagined. Unbelievable indeed. Grazie!