"One of the greatest "kicks" I've ever experienced was watching the emulsion of Verichrome (the original orthochromatic Verichrome) gradually dissolve into negative images in a tray of Microdol."

I agree with Ed but I didn't know anybody else remembered. My parents gave me a Kodak developing kit with a contact printer for christmas when I was 11 yrs old - so that I could afford to see the pictures I had taken with my Brownie six-twenty. After that I was hooked and the excitement remains to this day.