Several Blogs such as Mitchel Sellers' and Scott McCulloch's have discussed "When did You Start Programing". Since I started 47 years ago, I thought that I would comment on how I got started
I had my first computer programing class in 1961 at the age of 17 at an IBM training facility in Cleveland OH. 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for 10 weeks during the summer. The advanced math class from my high school was invited. I was not, but they couldn't get there without more students with cars, so I was added to the list if I would drive 3 other students.
That is how my career with computers started. Over the next 42 years I serviced computers, designed computer hardware and software for US Navy, Digital Equipment Corp, Compaq, and Hewlett Packard. The last few years I managed software development groups.
By the way the computer that we used, and IBM 1410, had 10,000 characters of memory and the hardware couldn't even multiply. The first 100 characters of memory were the multiplication table. It didn't have any disk storage at all. It required 5 tons of air conditioning. The first program that I wrote was a numeric sort.
A 42 year computer career because I was the kid with the car - It was a fun ride for 42 years.