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Raffi Kojian is the creator and webmaster of Armeniapedia.org and Cilicia.com. Born to Bedros and Anahid in Ethiopia, his family moved to the USA when he was young. He grew up in Orange County, California, and after a couple of stays in Armenia, moved there in 1999, where he resides today. After extensive travel in Armenia, in 2001 he published the first edition of Rediscovering Armenia, much of which was to Brady Kieslings credit, the second expanded and updated edition was published in 2005 - though it is always available online for free. In the summer of 2001 he was hired to open Armenia's first tourist information office, which opened at 3 Nalbandian Street. Hobbies/interess include gardening, reading, "remonding", cafes, and the ever-challenging in a land-locked country beach visit. He has strong libertarian tendencies.
His signature on emails, n_w$$h has been used since the early 1990s. It is meant to be a latin character equivalent to ռաֆֆի
In the 1990s Raffi created some of the first freeware Armenian truetype fonts. Ararat (soonafter renamed Masis), Arax, Sasun, and much later, Tamar.
In the early 1990's Raffi often used the following aasci art at the end of his messages. At the time it was used in a book about the internet as an example of ASCII art. (Yes, Mt. Ararat is shown from the Western Armenia perspective)
_ . __________________________________ ,, . /# /_\_ | | |\_|/__/| | |/o\o\ | n_w$$h | / / \/ \ \ | \\_/_/ | | /__|O||O|__ \ / |_ | | | |/_ \_/\_/ _\ | | ||\_ ~| | Armenia /\ Mt. Ararat | | | (____) | || | ||| \/ | / \ | \/\___/\__/ | |||_ | //\/\ /\\\\ /\ | (_/ || \// | | ////////\\\\\\\\///\\\ | | || || | |____//////////\\\\\\/////\\\\\____| | ||\ ||_ \ | RAFFI KOJIAN | HAPPY | \ //_/ \_| o| | | HAPPY | \_______// /\____/ | | JOY JOY | __ || __|| / ||||__ |________________________|_________| (____(____) (___)_) | -Picture by Norm Sippel- | /**********\
- Mentioned in credits of Bradt Guide to Georgia with Armenia
- Mentioned in credits to Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, second edition.
- Mentioned in credits to Adventure Armenia: Hiking book.
- Mentioned in Wall Street article in July 6, 2001.
- Appeared in 1994 documentary on Land and Culture Organization.