|American Eagles in Lake City. Currently holding a closing business sale, its last day is April 9th.|
I'm not going to bash younger people for their interest in video games or other interests. Nor will I bark at those of my age for not doing more to interest kids in their prized interests. I've been out there and recruited and it's really hard. I feel for people like my father, who is a lifelong Freemason, and represents generations of Masonic members, but couldn't draw me in. My generation walked away from service organizations like the Elks, Lions, and Kiwanis in droves, and now for whatever reason, our interests too may be doomed to the utter fringes of hobby interests.
American Eagles will be missed. I was a frequent visitor in the late 70's and early 80's. Though I never found it to be the mecca for gaming supplies, I was also forgiving of this failure. As miniature lines grew, Mike Edwards simply couldn't stock 'em all. Like many of my friends, I ordered from Modeler's Mart and other catalog operations. Still I bought what I could there. Rules, books, the Courier, were all frequent pickups on the way home from my job in Crown Hill. For a while we held monthly game days at the Ballard store. But the gentrification of Ballard forced the move, and Mike's retirement pointed toward the end for AE. It was just too far out of the way for me down here. What the move didn't kill, the internet did.
|Seattle Times photo of George Edwards contemplating. Like me he's probably wondering where the next axe will fall.|
In any case I wish George Edwards well. There was a great article on the closing of American Eagles in the Seattle Times this morning. I don't believe he could have done more than he did, and while I'm sorry to see the shop go, I understand.