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SimbaLion (S.J.H.) was born on March 23, 1979 in Southfield, Michigan. His father is technically minded, while his mother was a painter and sculpter, which has resulted in a wide range of interests both creative and technical.
He currently lives in Chicago, and is studying music theory and composition.
Simba discovered the fandom in 1996, and because he was a fan of Walt Disney's The Lion King, he took on the nickname SimbaLion and created a character to fit.
Having seen large "furry" communities growing in places like Chicago, California, New York, and other major population centers, Simba wondered why a similar community didn't exist in Michigan. Taking matters into his own hands, he created the MIFur mailing list and began hosting regular events. At first it would be a good day if 3-5 people showed up. Within a few years, the community had swelled to the point where it was common for a major party to have 50-60 guests. Today, MIFur is one of the largest "furry" communities in the U.S. and holds big events on a fairly regular basis, including a new convention which began its life in April 2008, Furry Connection North.
Simba has been volunteering his time with conventions for many years. Since 2000 he has worked with Midwest FurFest as a member of the security team, and since 2001 he's been working with the Audio and Video department at Anthrocon. He started as a volunteer, was quickly recruited to staff, and promoted to director when the position became available upon Triggur's departure in 2006, until 2010.
In addition to the traditional A/V duties, Simba also coordinated the Anthrocon dances, and booked DJ talent. Anthrocon's dances are known for discovering and putting a spotlight on some of the most talented DJs in the furry fandom, and he works each year toward furthering this goal. His last year as a convention volunteer was 2010.
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