Join the club. This covid-19 thing has made me look back. I mean, I vaguely remember the day that JFK got shot - I was five at at the time. I remember guys in the neighborhood getting their draft notices for Viet Nam, one that I know of didn't come home. My folks opened up the convertible couch and the four of us waited for the first Moon Walk. My dad woke us up and we watched history. I'm a "television" baby. TV brought me Viet Nam & the demonstrations, Kent State, the Cold War, Nixon (my grandfather retrieved me from the beach to watch Nixon resign), the first heart transplant. We couldn't go visit relatives in Albany because the roads were packed with Woodstock traffic.
I could go on and on, but you get the point - you go through a lot in a lifetime of 60+ years. It just goes to show.... I though that I had, but I haven't seen it all, yet; not by a long shot.
I read The Hobbit and the LOTR trilogy plus the Silmarillion in the very late 70s. I read BORT somewhere in the late 80s or early 90s. I was playing gigs where you reported at 3pm, sound-checked by 6, first show at 8pm, perform about 9:15 or so, second show at 11, get on stage again at 1:15am or thereabout, pack up, change, get paid and leave by 2:30. There was LOTS of down time. I spent time after soundcheck through dinner networking, and then, since I didn't drink, drug or gamble, I spent a lot of time until and between shows reading and listening to my Walkman.