Our first inductee was an easy decision. We have chosen to honor Bryan “The Icon” Micon.
Micon was our beloved Chairman for the entire course of the old Seals with Clubs. The face of Seals, he tirelessly promoted the site, bitcoin, and freedom. He worked tirelessly to promote the site. He made us giggle when times were tough with his bathrobe video messages. He brought us DonkDown Radio. He brought us Sunday NL begging, where he would generously stake his favorite seal horses. One day, the Nevada Gaming Commissions henchmen roused poor Micon out of bed, seized his computer equipment and generally harassed a man whose only crime was to bring lelz to the seal pups.
The easy thing to do here would have been to fold. Not only was he humiliated and facing serious charges, but the remaining core of the Seals staff, frustrated with security issues and not feeling quite the same passion as the Chairman, decided to go ahead and lay their hands down. Given the circumstances, one could hardly blame them. Micon, however was not folding. Micon came over the top and moved all-in!
Not wishing “to bring up his child in a police state,” as he put it, he redeployed to Aruba, assembling a new team and worked around the clock to set up a new server and client. After the state of Nevada issued a warrant for his arrest, Micon stepped down and left a new talented team, with a fledgling—but running—server. Unable to raise the necessary fees to wage the kind of legal battle that would be required to prove his innocence, and only after his team was ready to carry the torch, did he come back to the US to face charges. This time Micon laid down his hand, knowing there would be a new hand dealt to him soon enough. Good laydown, Micon.