I think a lot of younger people don't know much about G1 unless they're totally into anime, or their parents told them about it because they used to watch it. When I looked for something indepth about the Transformers, I couldn't find much, but here's a great site for newbies. Yes, it leads to an Optimus Prime page, but it explains a lot of things. I even read stuff on there that I had forgotten!
Re: G1 Newbies
Thanks for the link. I too read stuff that I'd forgotten about. Brings back some good memories. It's definately a site that a parent who grew up with the G1's could show to their children who will grow up with G2.