On July 22, 1977, the first edition of Traveller was published at Origins '77.
|To the Stars!|
I encountered Traveller in 1982 at the FLGS, and bought the Starter Traveller edition. I've been playing it ever since, with a brief foray into MegaTraveller in the early 1990's. Since 1996 or so, I've been back with the LBBs, until a friend gave me his copy of The Traveller Book a few years ago.
I created my own Traveller Universe in 1997, and have played in it almost exclusively since then.
Here are some links to help you celebrate:
Happy Birthday thread at Citizen of the Imperium.
Tales to Astound's birthday wishes.
Omer Joel's elegy to the beauty of Classic Traveller.