I have been into photography since I was a child. My parents gave me my first camera when I was just 8 years old. Get this, it was a 110mm "instamatic" shaped like Mickey Mouse's head (pictured at left). The shuttercock was on Mickey's ear and the lens was the tip of his nose.
The Photobug bit me... and hard. My next camera was a Kodak 126mm Instamatic. In fact, my next couple of cameras were Instamatics. Then, when I turned 14 years old, I hit the big time. My Mom and I drove two hours to a large electronics store (we didn't have Wal-Mart in the Southeast at the time) to buy my first 35mm SLR - a Pentax K-1000 (pictured at left)
THANKS to CameraFinder for the pictures of my early cameras.