I had been working on and off with Ron Barrett for two, maybe three, years when I came across a second hand copy of "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" and realized he was Ron Barrett.
The hours, hours, eight year old me spent staring at that book could've been better spent playing video games, sure. As an adult I have been able spend whole weekends playing "Shark! Shark!" and I have gotten to rub elbows with the guy that created the most memorable images of my childhood.
If you live long enough, everything comes to you.