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“Forty years ago, while an eighth-grader at the private Lakeside School in Seattle, Gates was introduced to his first computer. He was immediately smitten, as was fellow student Paul Allen.
“The two became fast friends, says Ed Lazowska, who holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington.
“‘They did the scheduling for Lakeside School – there are rumors they and their friends got into the classes of their choice,’ says Lazowska. ‘It was just a couple of brilliant guys who got captured by this cool field.'”