Idk if I'd use the term "Veteran", but I'd say "an extremely long-time" and "old man".
Just happened upon this thread. Guess I was the one feeling nostalgic.
I started late '09. Never used the "Glacier" seed, hell, I've never even used a seed. Tried Creative ONCE - absolutely hated it, (but I realize some people really like it... I just like the survival aspect and 'earning' every block I place).
Saw someone mentioned the leaves staying hahaha. Yeah, memory lane, man. Mine were no shears (also mentioned) but mainly, no charcoal, no beds, etc. So, when you started a game, if you didn't find coal right away, you were pretty much screwed. All you could do was dig a hole, wait in it, in the dark all night and hopefully find coal the next day. If not? I'd just start a new one.
Obv, no Forge, so when people did start modding it, you had to do it all manually, within the guts of the files, set all the item block numbers manually, etc. Too old to remember his name, but there was ONE guy, that everybody had to wait on to start installing mods when MC updated... b/c they all relied on his mod... in order to add whatever. Buildcraft and Industrialcraft did NOT get along - it wasn't until somebody made a 'bridge' mod that you could even install them together.
I have a million more. Now, it makes me want to hear the theme song from "All in the Family" - being all reminisce-y and crap.