So, Tron Guy, Gem Sweater Lady, and the Firefox Walk Into a Bar ...

Jay Maynard is Tron Guy famous — largely due to the fact that the 47-year-old computer consultant occasionally walks around in a hand-painted unitard inspired by characters from the movie Tron. On April 18, 2004, the tech blog Slashdot linked to a photo gallery of Maynard modeling his costume — complete with blue electroluminescent wires — and within hours he had received hundreds of comments. Most of them, he says, focused on his physique: "Ahhh! Fat guy in spandex!" For a few days, Maynard was stung by the remarks, but soon he discovered that amid the mockery and jokes were Tron Guy boosters — people who saluted his fanaticism and maybe even empathized with him. "I finally decided that if somebody's got a problem, too bad," Maynard says. "I'm going to have fun my way."

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