We weren't quite children anymore as most of us began to mature and find new interests. Of course my reputation preceded me and I was once again called "The Star Wars Freak." That was fine, I've always worn that as a badge of honor! I was also a charming young man with a lot of charisma and became moderately popular with the "common man." I even started developing a reputation for dating all of the cutest women in seventh-grade. This made a lot of my friends insanely jealous. I tried to share the secret of not being a jerk to girls, but some would just not listen or learn. It would be five or six more years before some of those guys ever went on a date. In the meanwhile, I continued my miniature and special effects hobbies. I spent the summers with my aunt and grandmother in California. Good times!
I graduated from junior high school at age thirteen and may have been the youngest kid to ever graduate from that school.