All us nerds have a “sweet spot.” I’m talking about that 5-year window of formative years where your nerd tastes were pressed into the squishy clay of your being, likely around ages 9-14 or somewhere there about.
My nerdy sweet spot was 1983-1988.
My 9-year-old self had discovered Spider-Man comics and playing with GI Joes was all I wanted to do. I had a D&D book by this time, although I didn’t really understand the rules and just created characters.
Indiana Jones was in the theaters with Karate Kid, The Goonies, and Back to the Future.
Sure, I was picking up new stuff in college but my primary motivation at that point was picking up girls. So I certainly added some to my nerd repertoire in those college years. But ’83-88? Man, those were my years.
Those years shape my hobbies to this day. I’ve added miniature painting as a hobby, but that is simply building on my childhood love of D&D. I love the current Hickman comics but that’s only because ’83-88 made me a life-long X-Men fan. Board games are a new hobby for me but that’s a hobby not too far afield from my formative years.
Why do I bring this up? Well, I’d love to hear about yours. What era shaped you? Why was it formative for you? And in what ways?
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