Leon's been my dad's boss at the university for ages, ever since I was young. He'd host parties at his house for the entomology department, and despite being there because I was one of his employees' kids, he didn't treat me like a kid, which was cool. But one of the most awesome things an adult ever did for me as a kid when we arrived at one of his house parties and Leon greeted us and moments later said "Travis! I have to show you something," and excitedly took me to the computer room in the basement. Ignoring the requests for attention from his wife and other guests (which made me feel unusually important), Leon showed me Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty. He knew it would be exactly the sort of thing that would blow my nerdy little 9-year-old mind, and he was right. I was utterly captivated. I couldn't get enough. By the end of the night I didn't want to leave.
So thanks, Leon, for making me feel like I was one of the cool adults instead of "just a kid" like most adults did, and most specifically, thanks for introducing me to Dune II, the grandfather of Command and Conquer, Warcraft, Starcraft, and the modern RTS genre.