As I mentioned in my previous post, my journey to making people happier began at five years old when I first caught a glimpse of a Cine Projector at the School Christmas Party in 1976. I knew then I wanted one and from then on, anytime my Mom or Dad asked what I wanted for Christmas, (I knew I wouldn’t get it for my birthday) I would say a projector, but I ended up having to wait another ‘four’ years…!!
Yes, another four years I had to wait until I got what I was wishing for. Christmas 1977, well I can’t really remember what I had in my pillowcase, but it certainly wasn’t a Projector. Actually I am not sure if I asked for one, perhaps something else came along that I might have requested from Father Christmas. I do know that in 1978 (this was the year my favourite film ‘ Superman the Movie’ was released) I had a wind-up Evel Keneval toy, which I was so excited to use that I almost choked to death on my Cornflakes. Christmas 1979 was the year I had a Table Football and Keyboard, then it was a new decade……
It must have been in October 1980 that I was asked by my Mom and Dad ‘What do you want for Christmas’. I knew what I wanted and said ‘ I want a projector’ and the response was…..’You can’t have one its too much money’ and you will need some films to project, which will cost more. I knew I was going to be disappointed again! And then the festive season arrived…..I woke upon Christmas Day with some presents next to my bed in a pillowcase and a big box, which I could hardly lift.
Was this to be the beginning of my journey?
I knew this box was last thing I was going to open and after Abba’s ‘Super Trouper’ 7″ single had been opened and Themes for Superhero’s LP had gone by, it came down to this wrapped up box…and….