Uncle Bob: This is me in the seventies. I was eighteen. Didn't go to college, of course, because the colleges were a mess that Vietnam war had made it, you know, worthless to go to college. So I decided to just become a programmer. I taught myself Cobol, and Fortran, and PL1, and assembly language before that, so I walked up to a few places and asked for a job, and lo and behold, one of them gave me a job, and I was a young programmer from that point on.
Very interesting about the mess that the Vietnam war turned colleges into. Would love to pick his brain about that.