Although he never officially attended UW, it was a place that felt like home to him because it’s where his father Ken worked as the associate director of libraries for more than 20 years. In fact, Paul, his mom, and younger sister Jody, would often spend hours in the family car devouring piles of books while waiting for his dad to finish with work. Paul’s young mind was inspired by what he read about space, science, and technology. He also regularly attended football games with his dad at Husky Stadium on Saturday afternoons. And it was the school’s computer lab where he and fellow high schooler, Bill Gates, notoriously honed their skills until wearing out their welcome and being asked to leave by the then director of lab. But the two were undaunted and, shortly thereafter, went on to start their first company (years before Microsoft), named Traf-o-Data, with a UW electrical engineering student.