roomate in technical school used to watch GUndam Wing all the time and construct the deluxe models, I started watching too, then it snowballed from there, I watched everything I could get my hands on and read every manga I can fit into a day.
Well the earliest anime that I ever watch is Ninja Scroll. I remember how much different is was. I remember renting VHS tape to watch Evangelion. Once anime started to be release on DVD, I switch from watch dub to sub.