banana-and-louie.org had its origins circa 1994 as a free Fortune City site (remember Fortune City? And those wonderful, cryptic URLs?) containing seemingly random Beach Boys items. Why? Because at the time there was a plethora of Beatles web sites, but not much in the way of Beach Boys. It was a combination of fulfilling a need at the time for Beach Boys content and an exercise in learning web development. Something must have worked because (in a roundabout way) the site did get the attention of at least one Beach Boy, and I now work as a web site developer for a living.