As we were packing for the Phocon event, the Intern asked if we should bring any toys which I replied "Nobody at the PhoCon event would care about the toys." So we did not bring any of the home market Photon memorabilia.
When we arrived at Phocon, as soon as we walked in the door, there stood a beautiful display of home market Photon memorabilia. While looking through the collection we couldn't help but notice a specific book we had never seen before. It was called "Thieves of Light". We went most of the show not knowing who this display belonged to but at the end of the banquet a gentleman introduced himself as the owner of the collection. His name was Matthew Patek.
Matthew explained that he was too young to be able to play Photon a lot growing up but he does remember playing the home market Photon games and watching the Photon television series. Mathew, or Mr. Pateck as his students know him, really enjoyed the Phocon event he got to play the actual Photon equipment, instead of the toys, and he also got to meet and get his picture taken with George Carter III, the man responsible for all of his fun filled childhood memories.
After Matthew took a look at the Museum's Photon display during the banquet he asked if we had any of the home market memorabilia. We then explained how we did not think anybody at the Phocon event would be interested in home market items and obviously we were wrong. Matthew then asked if he had anything on display that we did not already have and he did. We told him we had never seen the book "Thieves of Light". Immediately Matt went to his car, grabbed the book and donated it to the Museum.
The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Matthew Patek for his donation and commitment to preserving the Photon legacy. Matthew's donation has been added to the Photon Home Market section of the virtual museum.