I met Stephen Smith years ago at a Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. We had tables next to each other in the swap meet room. I was selling my books, and Stephen was unloading some stuff in his collection. He sold a boxed Atari Jaguar and several games to a guy, and I listened to the transaction. Stephen was far more interested in making sure the customer was happy with his purchase and the price paid than he was in padding his own wallet. He's unselfish that way.
We’ve kept in touch ever since that CGE, and I've discovered that Stephen is super friendly and one of the most positive people I know. Stephen has overcome considerable physical challenges to create a remarkably productive life, from being a good friend of the gaming community to covering the field as a journalist to programming an Atari 2600 game. His wife is super cool as well. Oh, yeah, and he’s legally blind. Hell of a guy and a great friend. Stephen, you are a true inspiration for all of us.
Here’s Stephen’s contributor bio from the SNES Omnibus books, where he wrote some nifty nostalgic stories about some of his favorite games: