So, as Luke said in post #70, "Here we are, many years later, and ... has anything changed for the better or for the worse..."
Better or worse call for a context, a question of "In what way?"
Robert asked, "so - what of the rest of you?"
I'm older, know more things, am wiser and a better writer. Being older isn't better - more like inevitable. Knowledge, wisdom, and writing skills are good... but they were paid for in time and effort and that means they have to be judged for the values given (time and effort, and alternatives foregone).
I know that Objectivism is a richer, fuller body of knowledge and theory than it was 50 years ago. It hasn't diminished in its content despite losing Ayn Rand. But I don't think it has spread as fast as the opposing philosophies have. Progressivism is a horrible kind of philosophy (mostly political, but also with its imbedded/implied epistemology, metaphysics and aesthetics).
I've come to think that most of us here are of a kind of mind and intelligence that we can and do parse principles and argue with one another over what things should be in the intellectual realm (with particular emphasis on Objectivism). Not everyone can juggle abstractions at that level. It is a good thing we do - one that needs doing. It is like an intellectual, ecological niche that needs to be occupied. It serves a purpose in the ongoing evolution of mankind who needs a philosophy and a philosophy needs each principle and part chewed on and refined - better to compete with the bits and pieces of other philosophies. But as specialists of this kind I suspect that we haven't been in the forefront of the movers and shakers of the popular world. The popular world of today doesn't reward our kind of skills as it should.
Myself, it is only lately - the last few years - that I have felt the call to get serious about contributing to the changing of the course of history - even if it is only by the tiniest of degrees. (With my books, which I'm just now starting to market).
My personal life is much, much better for being an Objectivist - it feels like a giant amplifier that lets me take whatever my level of intelligence and amplify it. And much, much better for spending long hours here at RoR learning - through the act of writing - to be clearer. And above all much, much better as a result of the many years I knew Nathaniel Branden.
I'm putting myself in the "better" category.