Man, do I have arms!
Family Pictures !
My god given name is Clinton R. Dyer, but please, call me Clint . I was born on Oct. 4th, 1967 (a Wednesday, if you're into that kind of thing :), in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. My parents moved here to California, when I was 3, and I've been here ever since.
I've been into video games, since I was old enough to hold a controller. Actually, I had my first Pong system way back when, and immediately fell in love with the idea of playing games on my TV. Shortly after Pong, my dad bought something called the Fairchild Entertainment System, and from that point on, I was hooked on video games! We bought just about every cart for the Fairchild -- we didn't have much money, but my parents always found a way to get us a new game or two and even had block contests with the 4 other families that owned Fairchild systems. One day, we bought something called the Atari 2600. Well, the rest as they say is history, and has nothing to do with handhelds.
Skip forward to 1989. I'm heavily into the NES (have about 50 games, and have finished about 30 of them), and I get fired from my job driving a truck - no biggy. So, I go to a couple of temp agencies, and come across this job for a company in the Bay Area called Sega. The lady told me they did video games, but I sure hadn't ever heard of them! So, I go to the interview and comeout knowing that Sega is *responsible* for the Master System, and I wanted to work there BAD! So, the next week, the day of my second interview, we had "the earthquake". The dayafter the earthquake, I was employed by Sega in the Consumer Service Department.
It's now 1992. I call my relatives back east who I gave my 2600 and all the games to, and they send me nearly 100 boxed 2600 games. Thus, my re-entrance into classic game collecting and playing. I've been heavily into it ever since.
A couple years ago, I was going through a particularly bad time finding games at the flea markets. One day, I saw this guy that had a Parker Brothers Q-Bert handheld with the box, and I LOVE Q-Bert, so I bought it (for $12, by the way). Well, to make a long story short... After the first sixmonths, I was finding 4 or 5 handhelds at each flea market I went to, had well over 100 handhelds, and was absolutely hooked!
About 6 months ago, one of my friends said to me "You should start a Handheld FAQ, so everyone can know what handhelds exist". Being new to the Internet, I didn't even know what a FAQ was, much less how to do one. Well, I got all the FAQ's I could find, and started my own. The Handheld FAQ was born. In a period of 6 months, the number of handhelds on the list has more than tripled, the number of contributors has grown steadily and more of each come in every week!
Got laid off from Sega. :(
Found a new job.
Got laid off from it. This has been an incredibly BAD year! Well, at least I still have lots of games. :)
So, it's been quite a while since I've updated this. I am currently not working, selling some stuff on eBay, just to get by. I think I was sick and tired of getting laid off from jobs, so I just stopped trying. That's all I'll say for now. :)
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