So come on a journey with us, there and back again, as we recount our geek origin stories!
I think my earliest geek moment was when I was about 3. I was wearing my dad's handmade Batman mask, from when he was a kid (with really tall "ears"), and watching the Adam West Batman with him.
their late teens), going and seeing the original Star Wars in theatres in 1977, and even
watching the original Doctor Who episodes from the 60’s through the 80’s on PBS (you can probably do
the math here). My earliest childhood memories though basically consist of watching a jumble of the
sci-fi greats on TV, particularly Stargate and Deep Space Nine, as my dad would have them on in the
background when he worked from home. I would sit on a chair in the partially-finished upstairs loft in
the garage where he usually worked, glued to the little black TV in the corner while he sketched out
designs. Even better were the times that we would go to my grandpa’s house because he had satellite
TV and there were always OST reruns that I could watch. For my parents, raising me as a geek wasn’t
something they did on purpose, it just sort of happened. They liked all of that stuff when it first came
out, and as it all faded to the background or was deemed “nerdy”, they never really forgot it. So later on,
occasionally renting the Original Star Wars trilogy for marathons some weekends was not in an interest
of “making me a geek like them” but in interest of “hey these things are really cool.” And I think that is
why it stuck with me so much, in that I never really felt like a “geek”, I just felt like I was into something
awesome that my parents liked too.