Private ticket summer of 1980. Most of my early lessons in a Grumman AA-5A Cheetah that I bought for that purpose. I was 45 years old when I walked into the flight school. Soloed in 8.1 hours. Childhood dream realized. Later owned a C172 and after that a C182. Stopped flying in 1991, but started again 2 years ago...stopped again 6 months ago. I guess it's done now, but I wouldn't trade those hours for anything.