I am very curious as to what the responses are for this and I would really like to get an idea of the posters here. As 2004 comes to a close I end my 25th year of TV show collecting. I'm interested in the makeup of the board because sometimes I'm amazed at the stuff that people get excited about coming out. Shows that are only a couple of years old that you could have on tape. To me, anything after 1984 is "new" (if you're young, trust me, you'll understand when you get older that a year seems like a week). I got my first VCR in 1980 and the first show I recorded was Outer Limits, my favorite show. After a year or two I got into 16mm film collecting (only way to get many shows that will never be shown again). I now buy a lot of DVDs but it doesn't bother me that much when shows from the last 20 years are butchered for their release as I or other collectors I know will have complete, off-air copies. And I'm not talking about amateurs taping in SLP on cheap machines either. I don't want to disparage people and say, "why didn't you record such and such", when I could be talking to someone who was 6 when a show was on. That's why I'd really like to know how many people just started collecting 5 minutes ago and how many veterans are here.