I began my journey into SAP in 1994. I was the first hire for a one-man SAP consulting shop. The owner of the company began his SAP career 12 years earlier (in 1982) as an R/2 developer. Someone with that much SAP experience was pretty rare in North America at that time. He sent me to all the ABAP training courses offered by SAP along with all the FI/CO training courses (including a 4-week FI/CO Academy). Thanks to this job I was able to get certified in both ABAP and FI/CO. I have since moved on to work for another small SAP consulting firm (creating SAP Notes for the CA-JVA solution) and subsequently for Booz Allen Hamilton. I am currently an independent ABAP consultant.
It seems hard to believe that I now have more years of SAP experience than my first mentor had back in 1994. I sometimes wonder if I am considered to be an SAP dinosaur, but then I remember that I'm much too young (born in 1970) to be called a dinosaur of any type. However, I can at least claim to have actually written ABAP programs in an R/3 2.1 system. Every time someone asks me what I plan to do when the SAP work goes away, I sort of chuckle and tell them that people have been asking me that question for over 14 years...
I began my online SAP community involvement in the late 90's during the early days of sapfans.com and some other sites, and later discovered SDN when it was just starting to blossom into the community it has become today. I consider myself to be only a casual community member of SCN, but I try to contribute where and when I can (mostly I'll log on daily to read the blogs and occasionally venture into the ABAP forums to see if I can answer "older" questions with no replies). [Hey Blag, I still have my ABAP video poker game blog in draft form waiting for me to go through all the steps to becoming a "new blogger"... The hardest step to take on any journey is always the first!]
My congratulations to everyone involved with growing SDN into a thriving, information-rich community!