The Life of BILL GATES


Bill Gates' achievements as a scientist and as a computer phenom is being
appreciated today as well as they will be in the future. Gates has single handedly put
America, in a world of giants such as Japan, on top of the chart on terms of technology.
Nick Sullivan is quoted saying, "I'd hate to be in business with him, but as a consumer, it's
hard not to like him." Bill has had many small adventures that make up his life so far.
Many have come through his rough style of business, but most have come through the
software he has created to bring America as well as the rest of the world into the new
millennium.
William Henry Gates III was born in Seattle, Washington on October 28, 1955.
His grandmother, an avid bridge player, gave him the nickname Trey, after the three card,
claiming that William was too long for a child. Trey [Bill] grew up in his Seattle home
with his dad, Bill Gates Jr., his mom, Mary Maxwell, and his older sister Kristanne. Nine
years after his birth, his parents would have their third child, Libby. Bill was a lawyer at a
distinguished Seattle firm and Mary taught at a local school a few years before they started
their family. The family soon found that Bill was a very high energetic child. He soon
became impatient that his parents wouldn't rock him, so he developed the skill of rocking
himself by shifting his weight. They soon found that putting Trey on the rocking horse
was the best way to entertain him. "They used to put me to sleep on my rocking horse
and I think that addicted me," Bill Gates was quoted. When Bill was put into public
school he soon became bored. To fight boredom, the Gates family bought him a new
edition of the World Book Encyclopedia. He quickly read through the entire set. After he
became disruptive in school, because of his lack of challenge, the Gates sent him off to
Lakeside private school.
Lakeside proves to be a great opportunity for young Bill. Shortly after he was sent
to Lakeside, they leased computer time from various businesses in Seattle. To
communicate with the rented computer, Lakeside bought an ASR-33 Teletype. Bill was
one of the students most enthusiastic in the new computer time. No one on the faculty
was experience enough to teach a full course on these new machines, but a few teachers
introduced these new machines to the students. One of those teachers is quoted, "It took
him a week to pass me [in computer knowledge]." To use the computer successfully, Bill
had to know the programming language, BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic
Instruction Code). He set out to learn this new language and soon mastered it. He soon
was writing simple programs for solving math equations and to play games such as tic-tac-
toe. As computer time became more expensive, and the school's money was getting low,
a new company called C^3 (Computer Center Corporation) opened. This was the first
Seattle based company seeking to make a profit on renting out its computer (the PDP-10).
C^3 needed someone or a group of people to test its new product and who better to than
the group at Lakeside. In exchange for free computer access on the weekends, the group
of hackers had to try to make the computer crash and then report what happened. Bill
soon tired of crashing the computer, so he started an elaborate war game. He never
finished this project though, because he was more interested in designing and upgrading
the program than actually finishing.
Bill, Paul Allen, and Kent Evan's first job together was to write a payroll program
for a computer timesharing company. Since Paul was attending college at the time, he
could not do very much work on the program. Bill and Kent took up the slack on the
project. They were paid with $10,000 worth of computer time. They put this to good use
when their school joined with and all-girls school that resulted in a scheduling nightmare.
The school put a math teacher in charge of the project and Bill and Kent went right to
work. Tragedy struck twice during the project. First, the