As reported by the Associated Press (and all 'round the 'net), Gary Gygax passed on this morning. He was 69, and is survived by a large family. This is where most writers would insert either a humorous bit of RPG-speak or relate their own D&D-playing-teenager experience, I'll just state the obvious:
Gygax indirectly affected my life and millions of others in a positive way.
If you have a moment or two, maybe you can share a little about how he affected your life in comments.
Update: Blogger and all-round good guy Wil Wheaton put a post out setting Gygax's life in context. Don't miss the excerpt from Wheaton's book detailing his introduction to the world dice-and-paper RPGs.