While googling the archives, I found a lot of people upset about their pre-order processing, specs and delivery from the EVP program.
And I found a few posts crediting some Brian as somehow at the center of Evo announcements, and that blog is coincidentally written by a Brian, too.
And I saw a lot of arguing about EVP maybe getting dates wrong, but I haven't found yet the posts that show an EVP rep promising the wrong month.
Good memory. I was a lurker back then. I only remembered the daily read of the prerelease thread being a howler.