I grew up playing games with my large extended family. I can't count the number of times we played 10-12 player Uno. The Parker Bros board games were standards as a kid. My first major interest was with HeroQuest and that sucked me into the Games Workshop's board games. Space Hulk, Battlemasters, Dark Future, Space Crusade, Space Fleet, and on and on...
Then I started attending local gaming groups and found Civilization, Axis and Allies, Robo Rally, SquadLeader, and Ogre. I lost interest in board games as I went over to CCG and then onto miniature gaming. But the circle has been completed and I'm back to boardgames. And it seems I came back at a good time - there are a ton of great titles our there now and more on the way.