I recall being aware of bits and pieces of NCAA Tournaments as a kid. The hype for the 1979 Indiana State/Michigan State game was hard to miss, for sure, but that final wasn't much of a game, and I don't recall anything about it. I have vague memories of reading about Kentucky's 1978 win over Duke in the final, but I couldn't tell you if I saw any of that game.
My first real memory of the tournament came in 1981. I saw this one live, or at least 33 years of lapsed recall lets me think I did. It was my very first dose of madness.
Let's be safe out there today, ladies and gentlemen.