What Happened on November 18th

Bill Gates Starts Programming

Microsoft Corp. co-founder and CEO Bill Gates gets his start in computer programming at the Lakeside School in Seattle. The school owned some early computers and Gates and his friends spent nearly all their time pushing the machines to their limits. Time on Lakeside and other machines in the Seattle area was costly, however, so the newly formed Lakeside Programmers Group offered Information Sciences, Inc. free programming services on its PDP-10 in return for free time on the computer. The group designed a payroll program for the company.