Great question. While researching this I found that other people have
wondered the same thing.
The first posting was on Jan 17th, 1996 and it was so successful
because it was a con job from the beginning. Apparently, Andrew, as in
"Andrew/ (firstname.lastname@example.org" made the first post in the
chain as a fake response to the paragraph below, which you've already
seen. By writing in the fashion of a true response, breaking up the
paragraph point by point, he apparently tricked others into
reconstructing it as the text here:
>After reading the Newsgroups for some time, I have noticed that
>all europeans HATE the U.S.? WHY? LIfe really isn't that bad over
>there, although your system of capitalism stifles creativity (as does
>Japans). Instead of calling all American's "fat lazy pigs", why
>you tell us why? Keep in mind, if it wasn't for the U.S.A you all
>still be Nazi's, and you would have never developed as a democracy.
>social and economic sence, the U.S. and Europe need to be more
>than competitors (my spelling sucks, sorry.) After all, we are all
>busy being pissed off at Japan, we really don't care about Europeans.
The style was imitated from a real American poster, "Aaron G Cooper":
"And for all you American haters... We all know that you're just
jelous. We more or less rule the world. We have the best Standard of
living, and the best sence of justice. WE ROCK!!!!! In Every
we exceed EVERY other nation. Don't forget it. IT's like P.J.
(Sp?) said--In every U.S. embassy in every European Nation, there are
thousand people in the front protesting, and two thousand in the back
trying to get Visa's. It's true."
As in this 1995 post
Note also that the "Re: USENET troll "Oh How I Envy American
Students"" is actually first in the thread,
even though the fake has a Re: in the Subject.
Also, note that Andrew was a known troller, as shown here
"I just love ferretting out these trolls who switch writing styles to
their nationality. It doesn't work. There is a Brit whose email
is email@example.com who has apparently cracked the system
Yale to post this rubbish from a possibly hacked account."
Also note that he wrote the troll FAQ you quote above, any amateur
shrinks want to comment?
Even lacking other evidence, the lack of any presence of the post
before 1/17/96(and the databases go back to the early 80's) should be
Google Groups Search terms used
"as does japans"
"Aaron G Cooper"