Contributed by Administrator
This site was created by my brother, Eric D. Snider, in September 2000. Eric was, at the time, a humor columnist for The Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, and he was inspired by an article he read in the College Times, the student newspaper of Utah Valley State College (UVSC), detailing the True Wolverine event of September 6, 2000.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Provo/Orem area of Utah, let me explain a little. Provo is home to Brigham Young University (BYU), a fine school owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Orem, just up the road, is home to UVSC, which has made the transition from community college to full-blown four-year school in the past decade or so. Most of the students at both schools are LDS, because hey, it’s Utah. The percentage of Mormons is higher at BYU than at UVSC, but not as much higher as the BYU students would like to believe.
Anyway, there is no way to know for sure why (although many theories exist), but students in the Provo/Orem area seem to be a bit … I don’t even know the right word. These students created www.NCMO.org, which was huge news in Utah. NCMO stands for Non-Committal Make-Out, and somewhere along the line, some Provorem college student thought, “It sure would be easier to engage in NCMO if I did all my scavenging on the Internet, where people can’t see what I look like.” So a few guys launched NCMO.org, which was dedicated to hooking people up for late-night disappointment.
So anyway, within about a year of the NCMO craze, UVSC came up with a school-sponsored True Wolverine activity. The point of this activity is to show up and kiss someone, thereby becoming a True Wolverine. Other schools have traditions such as this, but UVSC went the extra mile by having it school-sponsored and reported on in the school paper.
Back to Eric. Eric’s friend brought the True Wolverine event to his attention, and he showed Eric the article from the school paper. Eric wrote a column about the event and the accompanying news coverage, which you can read here. The most delightful part of the article for Eric was a girl who said — you guessed it — “We made out in a tree, and this old guy sat and watched us.” And thus, this site was born.
The purpose of this site is detailed elsewhere, and you can also find the College Times article that inspired it all. You see, we have everything you could ever need compiled here in this one web site. That’s because we love you.
–Jeff J. Snider