I first picked up the "three booklets" that were D&D in 1977.
I was just 12 years old and didn't know that I had just purchased a key that helped me unlock my imagination.
But, it's more than that. Gary's creation helped me realize that: research is good and useful, cooperation works wonders, friends are forever, friends don't have to agree to be friends, it's all good, Dr Pepper is wonderful but to be enjoyed in moderation, moderation is ok, nothing is so bad it can't be dealt with, whatever happens a laugh makes it better, laughing with others is better than laughing alone, and it's ok to be smart and imaginative.
Many of those that knowingly or unknowingly owe gratitude to E. Gary Gygax may not find this site in time to be heard. I assure you, the responses here are just a tiny tip of the iceberg.
I would love journey to his monument and hold a quick gaming session to be able to show my respect.
Thank you for the opportunity to share these thoughts,