Just learned that Gary Gygax, the guy who pretty much defined role-playing games in the 70's, died today after a long illness. He, more than perhaps anyone, is responsible for Convention Funk, but also for giving those of us with underdeveloped social skills in high school something to do on weekends. A very big part of my personality and ability to think on my feet comes from being a Dungeon Master, and despite the droll comments above I sincerely hope that there is a heaven and he gets to DM for the Big Guy.
Thank you, Gary. You'll be missed.