One of the group's co-founders is artist Glen Mullaly, whose art's got a very cool throwback feel to it. He's sent me some very nice words about Collect All 21 and has embedded a picture of my 1977 birthday cake on his blog post about the photo group, so this is a public thanks for that support. One of the things Glen mentioned was that reading the book brought up some of his own memories that he hadn't thought of in awhile, and it's good to hear that, because it's a big part of why I started the project in the first place. (Along with the fact that it was a ridiculous amount of fun, of course.)
Got the book yesterday, and I got hooked instantly. I had to read it thru til the end last night, way past my bedtime.
Really enjoyed it, and there was lots I could relate to from my own growing up as a Star Wars fan (I'm a tad younger, born in '72). Very brave of you to share so much of your personal history in the book (I doubt I'd be that brave), and it made for much more than just another Star Wars fan book. It added great depth, and I felt like I'd begun to know your family and friends. In fact in places I wanted more about your family and personal life and less Star Wars, but I guess that shows you've just not written a good Star Wars book, but a bloody good book full stop.
Thank you very much for sharing, it was a rewarding read. As good as "The Elfish Gene" by Mark Barrowcliffe, an English chap who grew up in the 70s as a D&D fan, and also a good read.