Part One - Introduction I've written about film collecting from time to time with differing emphases. This time, I just feel like recounting some specific and some more general memories about the films of my youth and my reactions to subsequent video releases. If this sounds like fun, please proceed... I've been on this forum for a fairly amazing amount of time...where has it all gone? Re-reading some of my earliest posts makes me feel kind of ancient. Since those days, health issues have ensued, as they do for most of us eventually. What hasn't changed is my love of movies and collecting. The past two decades have disappointed me insofar as theatrical fare is concerned...I now have a distinct preference for classics (pre-80's) and for black and white above color. I do not have a favorite genre...I love sci-fi and musicals and comedies and westerns and animated films equally providing they are well-written, well-acted, and well-photographed. In other words, I am a movie aficionado, not a fan of certain kinds of films. Anyone looking at my eclectic collection would wonder why I have expended so much of my income to this "hobby." But it's not merely a hobby. It's a love affair. Over the years I have acquired a lot of what most of my friends would consider "useless information." I could do very well on Jeopardy if all the categories were film. I win certain editions of Trivial Pursuit because I'm much more up on film history than anyone who plays against me. But I cannot monetize this knowledge other than to write a book about something film-related, and I am still toying with that, except it seems every topic has already been written about multiple times.. But I cherish my movie-going memories, and will share some of them divided into more manageable chapters.