During the recent Ottumwa Trading Card Ceremonies, Ben Gold was among an elite group of video game luminaries who were honored on trading cards for their historic participation in the 1982 LIFE Magazine photoshoot. Returning to Ottumwa for the 35th-year reunion of the photo, they were honored with trading cards that were presented by Billy Mitchell and Walter Day along with the AWARD CERTIFICATE shown herein. They were presented on Saturday, November 11, 2017, during the Ottumwa Old School Arcade Galaxies of Gaming Festival, at the Quincy Place Mall, in Ottumwa, Iowa. To see the other trading cards unveiled during this ceremony -- or to see the long chronological history of the TRADING CARDS AWARDS TRADITION, go to this link: Chronological History of the Trading Card Awards Ceremonies
Ben Gold is one of gaming history’s greatest legends. Not only did he win the Twin Galaxies-That’s Incredible Video Game Olympics in 1983, but he was a founding member of the U.S. National Video Game Team. As a high-scoring champ, he went on the road with the USNVGT and experienced the ultimate video gamer’s roadtrip. Today, he is happily married and has two sons and still lives in the Greater Dallas, Texas area. But, of all Ben’s accomplishments, he will forever be most remembered for his appearance in the legendary LIFE magazine photo of November 7, 1982 that honored the stars of that era.