Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, John Allsopp posted a nostalgic note about the early days of CSS. If you want to know who I hung out with back in the day, John’s got most of the names right there for you, and links to many of them. There’s even a link to the CSS Samurai page, which I thought was long dead, and was greatly amused to read.
To John’s recollections, I would add Chris Lilley, who’s since been much more involved in SVG and other things; and Susan Lesch, who’s now at the W3C but back then was at macvirus.com. (There’s a reason I didn’t link to that address, by the way. If you go, make sure you can block popups.)
A more recent event of note is that it was a year ago today that the CSS Zen Garden opened its gates to the world. Congratulations on an incredible first year, Dave. I’m honored to have been able to contribute to the Garden in that time, and eternally grateful (and a little jealous) that you created such an awesome resource. It opened a lot of doors, and a lot more eyes and minds.