I love the FE -- it was my first SLR camera and I still use it regularly. It's built like a brick so it can take some knocks -- I really don't have to worry about pampering it. The mirror slap is really loud, but other than that, it really is my favorite camera. I think there are quite a number of people here on APUG who like it as well.
As for the people bringing them -- it's their loss and your gain. They're great cameras.