Three and a Half Decades

I had just gotten out of school a couple of hours before; idly, I had been surfing the channels. Already I had taken in a showing of GI Joe on WGN TV; locally, WGN was known in NC as “the Chicago channel” because of the area it served. At that age, Chicago seemed like a foreign country, some mysterious landscape that I could only view from a distance but never visit.

I had no idea how much my life would change in the resulting years, but I digress as always.

After watching the credits to GI Joe, a few commercials aired and the opening music to Transformers started to play. With a shrug, I watched. I didn’t expect much, really, as I wasn’t a fan at that point.

By the end of the first episode, that changed. Boy, did that ever change.

Thirty five years later, here I am: a first generation Transformers fan, married to another first generation Transformers fan who happens to be a Prime. I’ve attended Transformer conventions. I’ve met voice actors. I’ve started conversations with people I barely know because we were both fans. Truthfully, I never thought that cartoon would be such an influence on my life. It doesn’t seem possible. But the effect it had on me was undeniable.

Which is why I’m going to start posting my thoughts about Transformers here on Tuesdays: it’s Thirty Five Years, Thirty Five Thoughts. It’ll range from the silly to the sublime, if you will. It’ll be random thoughts about conventions, thoughts on characters, things that happened to me as a fan that helped to make me who I am today. So look for it, starting next Tuesday. Hope to see you then!

About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon--official and non--since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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1 Response to Three and a Half Decades

  1. DeviceDude says:

    I wish I had my first memory of the Transformers cartoon as clear as you. I remember is as something of a “mix” of memories from that period when I was in the 3rd grade and would be able to see it in the afternoons in Los Angeles.

    I admit I’m not the Transfan I used to be (was I ever really)? as getting older other priorities took over my life even after I rediscovered Transformers in 1996 going forward. I don’t have the collections many fans do or seen all the TV series in existence. But I have been to many parts of the US I would not have gone to if not for BotCon. And most of all, meeting some of the best people like the Primes from Wisconsin. 🙂 All the experiences I’ve had can never be taken away from me. 🙂



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