A great guy, he’ll be missed

I met Adam, in the last part of the 20th century…either end of 1998 or early 1999, before The Phantom Menace came out. In the olden days he was all caps “ADAM” when I wrote or mentioned him, I don’t remember why. It was on some Star Wars forum I was on looking for things to fill my collection, I don’t remember which site. He connected a lot of us Star Wars Collectors together from around the world. We would wheel and deal and help everyone to fill holes in their collections. I was always a “carded” collector, because “If I would have kept my childhood toys carded and boxed I’d be rich!” Adam always kept telling me to open and enjoy them, they are toys meant to be displayed.  I actually met him face to face at the Star Wars Celebration in Indianapolis  in 2002. He organized a Star Wars Collector’s Union get together. I got to meet not only ADAM but Todd and a lot of folks I only knew from online and through the mail. Adam had some door prizes and I happened to win the silver Toy Fair Vader, one of the hottest figures at the time, going for hundreds of dollars at one point. I had one already in a plastic case to keep it MOC. I told him I would open this one. I did. People said I was crazy. I was starting to open my figures at that point because of ADAM’s “peer pressure”. He totally changed my outlook on the hobby and the enjoyment I get from it.
Hearing about Adam’s passing got me thinking about how many people I know and still talk to today because of him. (Some we have also lost recently, Szabo and Brad Kulp.) I haven’t spoken to ADAM in a while but remember he used to make funny comments on some of my drunken Facebook posts. ADAM had a big heart and I’m thankful he created our little worldwide Star Wars Family, and we’re all the better for crossing his path.
May the Force Be With You, Stormy Sevenspire…..

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