"I havent related to the common man for 17 years now” Howard said in his reply to "Matt's" question the other day. It struck me right away and even now I dont know what he means. What happened in 1998? What is he talking about? Was it because he now had some success with his books and the movie and felt more like a celebrity? He met 'it' somewhere around this time didnt he? That comment is very interesting...any ideas?