Before I joined this forum I had some background checks done on the person running it, so I can give you some definite facts about the Moderator, 'Dirk'.
'Dirk' was born Greta Bothild Andersson, in Helsingborg, Sweden, in June 1964.
She was a baby of striking beauty and became a child actor, appearing in many Swedish films before her family moved to Hollywood when Greta was five. Her first major Hollywood film was Kittens for Marjorie, in which she starred alongside Cary Grant and Lupe Valez. Her career peak was the musical Daddy Makes Ten, when, aged seven, she appeared with Rock Hudson and Peggy Mount.
Sadly, Hollywood fell out of love with Greta/Dirk and she entered the Betty Ford Clinic for sugar addiction.
In 1975, Greta reinvented herself to kick-start her film career. She became the world's first gender and species reassignment patient and emerged as a male parrot, Spangles. Tragedy stuck as Spangles was badly wounded with a cattle prod while filming a scene featuring Dustin Hoffman as a blind and impotent zoo attendant.
Spangles/Dirk underwent surgery once more and made a comeback as Lis Sladen's left upper arm in the 1976 Dr Who story, Hand of Fear. During the filming of this story, Tom Baker touched Lis on her left upper arm and this was the beginning of 'Dirk's' friendship with Tom.
Unfortunately for Lis, Dirk and Tom became such good friends that Dirk decided to retire from films and help Tom with his career, thereby leaving Lis with no left upper arm. This was the reason Hand of Fear was Lis's final story. Although CGI has now made it possible to reconstruct Lis for her current show, it was not available in 1976.
So, while we must thank Dirk (as we now know him) for moderating this site, it should be remembered that he was at least partly responsible for Lis Sladen leaving Dr Who.
"A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened."