Bill Gates Part 1 by Joseph Wise

Imagine the wealthiest people in the world. This man’s name would surely be on your list. Bill Gates is a computer programmer who has helped change the way we look at personal computers. Today in any business setting, you can’t walk through and not see a piece of technology that he has impacted in some shape or fashion. Gates is one of the best known entrepreneurs of the computer revolution and has been criticized for many of his tactics. His story may have a happy ending but it did not stop him from having to go through some hardships of his own.

Bill Gates was born in Seattle Washington to William and Mary Gates. His parents were of English and German decent. His father being a prominent lawyer had aspirations of young Bill following in his footsteps and was not too happy with Gates’ choice to not do so. At the age of thirteen, Gates attended an exclusive preparatory school. When he was in the eighth grade, the Mothers Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School’s rummage sale to buy a Teletype Model 33 ASR terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the school’s students. Gates took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC, and was excused from math classes to pursue his interest. He wrote his first computer program on this machine: an implementation of tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer. This was a revolutionary thing for a young boy to accomplish and his schools directors definitely took notice to his particular skill set.

After the clubs proceeds were exhausted, Gates and other students began fighting for time with the technology, so they created bugs in which gave them basic control over the operating systems. Only these students knew how to eliminate the bugs, but they were caught and banned from the computer center. This did not deter Gates though. He use this ban as a way to show his skill set and in turn he was offered a job as a technician who found bugs in the software. His abilities soon landed him in programming situations he never thought he would have. Gates took full advantage of every opportunity given to him, impressing multiple people along the way.


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