Edsger Dijkstra, a year before my birth, on what would be my first programming language:
“It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have
had a prior exposure to BASIC,” he groused in a 1975 essay titled “How Do We Tell Truths That Might Hurt?” “As potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.”
When I was in the sixth grade, without any peristent media on my Atari 800, I spent hours copying, recopying, and later completing my brother's high school computer homework.
Linked from: http://time.com/69316/basic/