When I was 11 years old, Richard Garriott was one of my heroes. Being a kid in the late 80s, I idolized a lot of people (Ronald Reagan, Stephen King, Vanilla Ice, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) that today might seem laughable (actually, Eastman and Laird’s TMNT still kinda rocks, so I take that back), but no matter what, my respect for Richard Garriot has NEVER wavered.
He personally created and programmed (I would venture to say) the most innovative, seminal computer RPG since Collossal Cave/Adventure. He then built the success of that game (Ultima) into an amazing Austin-based computer game empire (Origin Systems) that had a good run of nearly dominating the genre. Anyone else ever went to the Origin System’s HQ for their Halloween haunted house? If not, you totally missed out.
Anyway, I’ve idolized this cat for nearly 20 years and he’s in space now! How awesome is that!