I got into anime big time around 1991 or so, when I was in junior high. Back then it was a very small subculture in the USA. We literally would download translations to anime from Usenet (rec.arts.anime) and email lists and such, print them out on our dot matrix printers, and then read them as we watched anime laser-discs we had imported from Japan. I'm not kidding.
So Gainax was (relatively) big back then for us anime geeks, definitely one of the first anime studios that put some effort into this fledgeling US-based anime subculture. One might say that as a junior high-aged anime geek, the idea of working as the US director for such a studio would have been, like, the ultimate geek fantasy.
Fast-forward "a few" years, I'm now 36, and understand how the world works in much more detail than I did then. I work in the media industry (on the tech side), and now realize that working in media is waaaay less glamorous for most of the people involved than most "outsiders" would imagine. I still love anime. And having this perspective from someone who was "on the inside" in the early days of the US anime geek subculture, and seeing just how shit it actually was, is pretty interesting and funny, and kind of heartbreaking at the same time.
So keep it coming!