Bucker Fuskyote

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Ian the Fox's badge. Art by Wolf-of-North.

Bucker Fuskyote, also known as MooglePower or Ian the Fox (born April 21, 1986 in [W:Brentwood, Los Angeles|Brentwood, Los Angeles, California]], USA), is a furry fan and musician who lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Biography[edit]

During high school, he expanded greatly on his interests, doing work with the NASA DAWN project (a project to send a probe to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres) and UCLA's LAPD (LArge Plasma Device). He also did two projects under the Keck Math & Science Institute Independent Study program, both in computer science.

All of the science programs didn't stop him from pursuing his love of music. He was a member of the 21st Street Singers and also of the acapella quintet The Acafellas (two time winners of the California Junior Classical League's (CJCL) "That's Entertainment" award). He was also in a touring production of the musical Godspell.

During all of this, Bucker also participated heavily in the California Junior Classical League, an organization for the furthering of classical civilization and languages (mostly Latin), culminating in his one-year tenure as the state webmaster during the 2003-2004 school year. The annual state-wide convention (known fondly as "Latin Convention" by attendees) was always the highlight of his year. He continues to attend as a chaperone and judge.

In May 2004, Bucker graduated from Crossroads, one of three students named National Merit Scholars out of a class of 100. However, his graduation didn't stop him from being involved with the Crossroads community. He has programmed the high school's grading system and several facets of the attendance system currently in use. He now works seasonally in the IS department, fixing computers, performing server maintenance, and working on various programming projects.

During his first year at UCLA, Bucker was approached by Jeff and Hanibal[clarify] and asked to join an as-yet-unnamed a cappella quartet. After settling on a name, The Jumpmen (as they are now called) auditioned for the prestigious Spring Sing competition and were accepted. After performing a medley of songs from the original Super Mario Bros. game to a sold out crowd of over 5000, they found out that they had won an award for their performance. They have most recently recorded several songs for G4TV's Geek Out pilot episode.

Also during his first year at UCLA, he contacted several musicians to form an Irish traditional music group. Now known as Barghest, the quintet proceeded to play in Bruin Plaza, a crowded section of the UCLA campus near to the student union.

In June 2008, Bucker graduated from UCLA, earning a B.A. in Linguistics and Anthropology with a minor in Music History. He chose to attend UC Davis for his graduate studies. He started his studies at UC Davis in September 2010.

He plays many instruments, particularly the piano, celtic harp, dulcimer, whistles, bass guitar, guitar, Irish bouzouki, Irish tenor banjo, and mandolin. He can sing and program computers as well. He's also a big fan of rodeos and frequently attends them. He claims that there is no separation from his real-life and online personalities.

Bucker is a gay furry. He made up the name mooglepower when he was in the fourth grade, although it's something he'd like to eventually change. Although he's not a moogle, he does like moogles a lot.

Bucker recently received an MA from UC Davis.

His other singing involvements include the UCLA Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Paid Ensemble. He is also a member of the rock group Illegal Operation and the trio Dr. Zayus with fellow fur Rod O'Riley. He sings and plays guitar and keyboard with them.

Fandom involvement[edit]

Bucker first found furry at the age of 15 thanks to the IRC channel #furry_realm on the EsperNet IRC network. After being a horse for six months, he decided that he was much more a fox than a horse, owing mostly to his inquisitive yet sly nature.

He attended his first (and last) ConFurence in 2002 and entered the Filk competition, winning the audience choice award.[citation needed] Although it was his first furry convention, he felt at home and content there.

He performs at cons at whichever version of the variety show is available.

Immediately after he turned 18, he started attending the Rick's Café Terrestrienne parties at Rick and Tess's house. After Rick and Tess moved, he continued to attend the parties, now moved to the Prancing Skiltaire. He is now a semi-regular.

Finally, after more than 5 years in the fandom, he chose his fur name, Bucker.

Fursona[edit]

Bucker Fuskyote's fursona is an anthropomorphic fuskyote (husky, coyote, red fox hybrid). It better reflects his diverse nature and real life multi-racial background.

Fursuit[edit]

At Anthrocon 2008, Ian received his fursuit from Moose BMD. The suit is a fox, husky, and coyote hybrid. Suiting instantly became his new obsession and he spends much of his free time in suit where appropriate. He immediately began to practice dancing in fursuit and has taken up dancing as his new hobby.

Convention attendance[edit]

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