On October 28, 1955, William Henry Gates III was born. He was born into a family with a rich history in business, politics, and community service. His great-grandfather was a state legislator and mayor. His grandfather was the vice president of a national bank, and his father was a successful lawyer. At a young age his parents recognized his intelligence and decided to enroll him in Lakeside, a private school known for its intense academic program. This decision had positive effects on Bill Gates's life. At Lakeside, Bill
Gates was first introduced to computers.
In the Spring of 1968, the Lakeside prep school decided that it should introduce students to the world of computers. Computers were too large and expensive for the school to purchase its own. Instead, the school had a fund raiser. A few thousand dollars were raised which the school figured would buy more than enough time to last into the next school year. Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and a few other Lakeside students became attached to the computer. They would stay in the computer room all day and night, writing programs, reading computer literature and anything else they could to learn about computing. Bill Gates, Paul Allen and, two other students from Lakeside formed the Lakeside Programmers Group in late 1968.
The Lakeside Programmers Group began searching for new chances to apply their computer skills in the real world. Their first opportunity came early the next year when Information Sciences Inc. hired them to program a payroll program. As a result of the business deal signed with Information Sciences Inc., the group also had to become a legal business Gates and Allen's next project involved starting another company entirely on their own, Traf-O-Data. They produced a small computer which was used to help measure traffic flow. From the project they grossed around $20,000. The Traf-O-Data company lasted until Gates left for college. During Bill Gates' junior year at Lakeside,...
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