My dad taught me to play D&D when I was just 7 or 8 years old. He got me hooked, but it wasn't so easy to play with other people as a young girl in the 80's. The boys wouldn't let me play at all until I was about 15 or 16, and then I had other problems.
Dad passed away last summer. He left me his original box set; the one with the artwork in the article. The dice are long gone, and one of the books is missing. Instead there's some old copies of Dragon in there, and a sheet for "Thea the Thief", my first character. Maybe I can work her into my next campaign.