I started playing AD&D back in junior high in a small town in southern Wisconsin. It was the late 80s/early 90s, and my first AD&D purchase ever was the Forgotten Realms gray boxed set. I'm still sucker for those 90s campaign settings: Dark Sun, Spelljammer, Planescape. I have fond memories hanging out with my brother and high school friends in a garage with Nirvana on in the background.
3rd edition brought me back to D&D in my adopted home of Minnesota and I've been playing since, collecting too many books, and spending too many late nights writing up adventures.
My day job is graphic design. As a kid I always drew up my characters, and that's something I still can't help. I do mostly packaging design that you see on shelf at retail stores, but I'm also a character designer, illustrator, and environmental designer.