Atlantic went to the second crossword puzzle tournament sponsored by the Ridgewood News, in North Jersey. (Maybe it was the second North Jersey Crossword Puzzle Tournament?) He met Ginger Ella there, and she introduced him to NPL. 1980.
Source: Email from Sibyl.
First Issue: Apr 1980
A pun on “ocean”; Atlantic's last name is “Oshin”. Atlantic also uses the pseudo-nom “Mr. E” for some cryptics.