I am a professor of Slavic Languages here at Arizona State, and was then too. I became interested in polyalphabetic homographs…precursor, in a way, to the work leading to new other-language word-processing fonts, and etc. I wrote an article on Russian-English Homographs and was looking for a place to publish it…in the course of this search of possible places I came upon the Puzzlers League organ, and, being a fan of jumbles, anagrams, and etc. I joined…though in the end I contributed little if anything, being simply too busy in those days.
Source: email from Kto-To.
[Kto-To] read about the NPL in Saturday Review World.
Source: npl-folk email Mercury, from the April 1975 Enigma.
First Issue: Feb 1975
My nom “Kto-to” is the English transliteration of the Russian word, with the -to indefinitizer affix, meaning “Someone,” which appealed to me also for its duplicative ”-to-to” sound and Slavic language connotations. I once authored a kind of scientific hoax…and one of the early bogus names I had on it was “Nick Tony Znayet,” a transliteration of the Russian phrase “No one knows.”