"The dog? Heh heh... You are named after the dog?!?" - Sallah
During the summer of 1981, at age 13, I saw a movie called Raiders of the Lost Ark. And my life hasn't been the same since. Not only did I want the Indiana Jones action figures, books, comics, etc., but the gear (i.e.: the outfit) as well. After Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom came out, I was determined. During 1984, I assembled my first Indy Gear "costume." All I had to go on was a few books, photos, and posters of the two movies (this was prior to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). Raiders had just come out on VHS, and Temple of Doom was still in theatres.
By the 1990's, some of my Indy Gear was outgrown (size-wise that is). So the gear and the rest of my Indiana Jones collection made their way to my closet and a few boxes. There they sat, waiting...
Then in the Spring of 2002, I found a website called Indy Gear on the internet and the "Gearhead" in me was awakened. The rest is history. Now I have even more great Indiana Jones collectibles, both old and new, a ton of Indy Gear and props, and yes, I can now finally crack a bullwhip.
(Me in 1985, and again in 2005)
After getting back into this hobby, little did I know that the friends I soon got to know online that also collected the "Gear" were even more wonderful in person. After the Texas Summit in 2002, my wife and I have been all over the country visiting other Gearheads, and hitting a number of larger Summits (that's Gearhead lingo for get-togethers/events) including two Queen Mary Summits. The Queen Mary Summits have been some of the largest Gearhead gatherings to date, and only seem to keep getting bigger and better. This Indy Gear "quest" of mine originally started out to just acquire the gear. Now, it's far more than that. It's about the friendships and experiences I have now, and will continue to have due to this hobby.
Now over six years later, my life has become far more richer than I'd dare hope and I'm completely indebted to Indy Gear and Club Obi Wan (our message board) for being the most amazing community of people I've ever been a part of.