#32: Mark Gibson

Campbell Primary Classmate, 1990-1991

Mark was one of the first friends I made at Campbell - we bonded over a mutual love of both sports and computer games. When I met him he'd just returned from living in LA for a few years and his house was packed with all sorts of amazing American pro-sports paraphernalia. Coming from NZ at that time I had only seen that kind of thing in movies - baseball cards, plastic figurines, glossy posters, replica jerseys - and I was instantly seduced by it.

The coolest thing he had though was a copy of the now-classic 1989 basketball game Lakers vs Celtics. Man, we played that thing to death. He obviously had dibs on the Lakers so I always had to be Bird and the Celtics, and from then to this day I've considered myself a Boston fan.