My first paper in SIGGRAPH was in 1976 (teapots, with Martin Newell).
I remember talks by Ken Perlin, Lincoln Hu and Andrew Glassner where they not only showed their work, but they showed you the code they used to do it and even the mistakes they made along the way. My small world was entirely blown open.
Although my first SIGGRAPH was after the early Blinn papers, there have been many landmark papers that I have been privileged to hear presented.
My favourite memory of a SIGGRAPH conference is from 2008 when my colleague Greg Ward did our paper fast forward. During this, he sucked helium from a balloon and gave half on the talk with a high-pitched voice! The papers fast-forward is always enjoyable and it is always great to see how creative people can be with their short sales pitches for their paper.
At SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver, I met my wife June Kim, who is everything for me since and inspires me in every single moment. Yes, we are real SIGGRAPH couple, I am so proud of it!
SIGGRAPH is a place where great things happen and there are always surprises. There's always something different every year.
SIGGRAPH is a fountain of innovation. I got my start at SIGGRAPH.