Board member who joined in 2008.
A librarian in a country far, far away and a die hard space and aviation fan. When born he was found grasping a Saturn V model within his left hand, and a CF-105 Arrow kit with the other hand.
Member of a whole bunch of aviation and space forums (Secret Projects, NASA Spaceflight, What-If Modelers, etc.).
Enthusiastic contributor to the France Fights On project. Especially in topics like aviation, V1 and V2. How surprising… Much like Neopeius, read with interest any TL where France crushes the Nazis in WWII.
Last thing: I have a deep hatred against Michael Bay and all of his “movies” - notably Armageddon. As critics said at the time “An assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained.” So true. Roast in hell, Michael Bay
Archibald was kicked several times for his tendency to get all hot-blooded and fly off the handle, especially in the Political Chat forum. He was outspoken in his criticism of politicians he didn't like, which wouldn't have been an issue, but he constantly coated his criticism of them with aggressive, vulgar and mean-spirited language. Several times, he wished death or illness on people he felt politically opposed to, resulting in kicks. When he posted his latest slip into revenge-fantasy-on-disagreeable politicians in December 2017, he was kicked and everyone hoped he would see reason.
Unfortunately, CalBear received a PM in which Archibald made accusations, comparing the people who asked him to calm down to accomplices of nazis, vichists and supporters of politicians he didn't like. After that, CalBear had enough. Archibald was banned due to his unwillingness to improve upon his behaviour, and for volleying insults and absurd accusations at fellow members.
Archibald returned to AH.com briefly in late December 2017 as a sockpuppet called lightning rod, though apparently because he couldn't contact the admin via e-mail, rather than to circumvent the ban. He apologised for his previous behaviour in PolChat, but due to sockpuppet use, was banned again. In early January 2018, he returned with a sockpuppet named hot runner and was promptly banned for the third time.
Columbia Rescue : Save the Space Shuttle ! - A thrilling shorter timeline about an alternate (and overall more positive) outcome of what in OTL became the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster in February 2003. Archibald's most ambitious and longest work to date. Finished as of spring 2013.
A Skylab-Shuttle Timeline - A short timeline where NASA's Skylab space station programme is reorganized in order to be compatible with the Space Shuttle and “give it something useful to do in the early 1980s”.
Voyage : What Came After - A continuation of Stephen Baxter's 1996 AH novel Voyage. This brief but eventful timeline is also known as “Sequel to Stephen Baxter's Voyage”.