I started playing 2nd Edition D&D in the mid-90's. I was in 3rd grade and my new best friend, Chad Stump, told me about this awesome game that his brother was teaching him to play, D&D. Well we started by looking through the books and playing D&D with our action figures. Soon though, we were rolling dice and saving princesses (because that's what heroes do). Since that time I'm branched out. I played 3.0/3.5, Pathfinder, and 4th Edition. I've branched out and played other systems (Unisystem and Call of Cthulhu being two of my favorites).
I wasn't around when brave heroes first entered the Caves of Chaos or took the fight to the Slave Lords. I was four or five when 2nd came out. I always see these OSR (think I'm using the right abreviation) debates on blogs and I don't understand them. Play what you like and let others play what they like.
Still there is a part of me that is a bit nostalgic for the simpler D&D times when I was a kid. I know you can't go back (and Hell I never was even there in this case), but I've recently stated picking up some Basic D&D and 1st Edition stuff. I get most of it at Half-Price Books (there are 5 in and around Columbus Ohio) and haven't paid more than six bucks for any of it.
This is the pride of my collection:
I've also picked up these books:
Fantastic Treasures II (Role Aids)
Expedition to the Barrier Peaks
In the Dungeons of the Slave Lords
Castle Greyhawk (the tongue in cheek Castle adventure, I picked it up just for the name and I did get a few laughs I suppose)
I also have d-Infinity issues 0-2. These multiplatform game supplements are fantastic. They have Labyrinth Lord/Mutant Future material (which can be used with Basic D&D), Pathfinder, 3.5, 4th Edition, and other gaming material. If you haven't checked d-Infinity out, do it now.