I have to agree with Wyatt , I never knew gary, I never met him, and I never played a true "Gygaxian" game either. From the stories, I am glad I haven't. Coming into the hobby as he was being ousted from TSR, he was completely absent from my gaming experience.
If I sound a little irreverent or cynical, that's because I am. I have always felt that Gygaxian Naturalism was a crock, and as such, was no fan of any of the OD&D line. IMO, the hobby thrived DESPITE everything it's creators have done to destroy it (see TSR and WotC) My game philosophy is script instead of random tables. It's just how I roll :)
I was originally going to rant and rave about how this hobby is rife with "Gygax this" and "Gygax that" but anything more than the slight spleen vent above would be in extremely poor taste. Instead, how's about a brand new, never-before-seen motivational poster! Enjoy.
or this one :)