Penny Wilhelm has not received any gifts yet
I have always been a sci-fi fan. Some of my earliest memories are of John Pertwee as Dr. Who, Star Blazers, and Star Trek reruns. I saw Star Wars in the theater when I was 7, and when BSG came on the air when I was 8 I was totally hooked. I loved everything: the ships (nothing better than Vipers and Battlestars), the characters, the moral teachings, the music ("Gotta Get to Heaven" from "War of the Gods, Part II" is one of my favorite pieces of music of all time), it all worked for me. And I have always wanted one of those cool suede Colonial Warrior jackets. I was devastated when it was cancelled. I watched Galactica 1980 during its first run, and while I enjoyed it, it certainly didn't recapture the same spirit as the original. Through the years Galactica remained one of my favorite franchises, even as I watched, and enjoyed, the various Star Trek iterations, Babylon 5, Firefly, and other sci-fi.
When the new BSG came out I was ecstatic, and I could barely wait for each week's new episode. I thoroughly enjoyed the new series as well, though it seems for almost opposite reasons. While the original BSG presented more clearly defined differences between good and evil, and larger moral issues, the new BSG focused more on day-to-day interpersonal drama, with characters who were less purely noble. The new show featured more shades of gray in its storytelling and character development. I find myself in love with both approaches; Classic Battlestar Galactica gave me heroes, taught me moral lessons, and presented ideals to strive for, while the Reimagined Battlestar Galactica gave me more philosophical questions and more interpersonal drama.
I've always been a bit of a loner, and my fandom has been fairly solitary. In the past few years I've started attending at least one Con a year (Arisia, in Boston, MA), with an occasional added con. This website is my first foray into a fan club of any sort. I'll try to learn as I go.