We'd like to share an update about longtime friend of the CIC Billy Joe Cain. Billy was the lead designer on both Wing Commander Prophecy and the long lost SNES port of Wing Commander 2, and he's been donating archival material and supporting Wing Commander fandom for many years. About five years ago, he even engaged EA in a bid to create a new Wing Commander game. The project did not get far, but we really appreciate the devotion to the franchise! His wife, who helped support the Maverick Team at Origin back in the '90s, successfully underwent a complex surgical procedure this week to reduce crippling migraine headaches. The results so far are very promising, but the Cain family is still struggling to pay for the procedure. If you've got a some extra holiday cheer in your pocket and would like to help a family with strong ties to the community, you can help donate to their cause here.
You may not know this, but Jacqueline is a crunch-marriage-survivor warrior.
She gave so much support to me and many Originites over the 6 years I was there. On Wing Commander Prophecy, she was spending over 40 hours a week doing so much behind the scenes to support the team logistically: ordering meals, making grocery store trips, getting specific items to make each person know their work was appreciated, and managing a crew of volunteers NOT in the game industry to help shop for 4-6 grocery carts full of groceries each week and logistically get it all the fricking way out to the office (back then, nothing was near there as you may recall) and then hauling and storing everything everywhere. And too many other things to list.
She and I also made chili, stew, or something in a crock pot for everyone on the Wing team every Thursday night, even though she and I were killing ourselves with hours. She put up with the crunch. She was there for me and everyone when projects were killed. We were married right at the beginning of Prophecy and she put up with that. I am so ashamed of all the overtime. It was devastating to many friendships. Ugh.
I wrote because you were all friends there and you have the opportunity to appreciate what we just had given to us for Christmas - a wonderful, energetic, kind person that hasn't been able to truly participate as back then until today. (As soon as she heals)!
Have a Merry Christmas!