Tyler Hunt (@ThatTylerHunt):
Anytime I’ve ever been asked to write a short “bio” for a social networking site, I’ve always used this: “Film Buff…Nerd…Proud IU Alum”
I feel like I could write a book about my nerd history, but (let’s face it) no one would read it. Here are the cliff notes:
It started when I was 2 with the Batman action figures my dad and grandpa used to buy me. From there it evolved into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, and Spider-Man. Cartoons were my gateway to nerdom in the early 90’s. I’ve never stopped loving superheroes, and the majority of reading I do is comic-related. My high school friends took my love for movies and turned it up to 11 by taking every weekend as an opportunity to introduce me to great films I had never seen before (in-between Halo 2 matches, of course). From there I’ve just continued to evolve into the nerd/pop culture junkie I am today. My affiliation with geek culture is constantly growing and changing, but one thing’s for sure: I’ve always been and always will be a nerd.
Pat K. Kuhn (@Patty_Kuhn):
My introduction to Nerd Culture was the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. This was the first time I can remember being aware of when a TV show was airing and was the first show I remember anticipating each week. So if I had to pinpoint the moment I first became immersed in the culture it would have to be waking up in the morning and watching TMNT. Another big influence would have to be my parents and family. Growing up my parents never sheltered me from much when it came to movies and TV. They watched what they wanted to watch, but always made a point to put what was happening on the screen in the proper perspective for me and my siblings. The older I got the more I really appreciated that strategy because we were able to absorb what we were watching better than we would have otherwise and I was able to form a more informed opinion about what was transpiring. This became important to me because movies and television was something my family always bonded over. No matter what was going on in our lives we always got together to watch something and for a family that moved around several times gathering around the TV felt like home. That being said, this post would be entirely too long if I tried to identify every TV show, film, and/or comic book that influenced my taste, so I won’t even attempt to and stop at the two major foundations of my introduction to Nerd Culture; TMNT and my family…the two most important things in life.