I don't remember for sure, but I probably saw an invitation to the NPL in Games, or such like place. Got a mini-sample, and gave it a whirl. I might well have given up in confusion after a few issues, but Hot wrote me to see how I was doing with it, and to invite me to an Equinox party. I think it was the party that firmed up my resolve.
First Issue: Nov 1988
I started out as DANDYS = Dad and Young Sam, just 'cause it sounded nommish. When Sam went away to college, it became DANDJR = Dad and Joe, Rachel (pronounced as in 'danger'). When Joe went off to college, it became DANDR = Dad and Rachel, or sometimes RANDD = vice versa, pronounced as in 'Randy'. Just a couple more years, and then ?