During the recent Ottumwa Trading Card Ceremonies, the legacy of Michael Buck was honored on a trading card for his historic participation in the 1982 LIFE Magazine photoshoot. In honor of Michael's memory, his cousin, Tim McVey, graciously accepted Michael's award. Returning to Ottumwa for the 35th-year reunion of the photo, the original participants in the photograph were honored with trading cards that were presented by 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
Though Michael Buck left our world at a young age in 1985, his legacy will not be forgotten. As one of Twin Galaxies’ original hometown superstars, this Ottumwa native was a serious competitor on Ms. Pac-Man and Carnival and was a participant in many of Twin Galaxies’ earliest and most legendary events. When Iowa Governor Terry Branstad came to Ottumwa on March 19, 1983, to proclaim the City the “Video Game Capital of the World,” Michael was one of the “superstars” invited to pose for the official group photograph published in the April, 1983 edition of Video Game magazine. But, of all Michael’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.