When I was a freshman in high school, I had a class project for my history class that required me to build a very basic family tree. So I called my grandparents and asked them about their families. I wrote up my report, then promptly forgot about it.
Years later, my paternal grandparents died, and I started wondering about their history. I know, I know, great timing. So I dug out my report from 9th grade, downloaded a very simple GED-type program for my computer, and decided that genealogy would be one of my hobbies. At first, I had a great time organizing all the information that I was able to glean from living relatives. But when that was done, I didn't have a clue about where to start researching. So I quit again.
Then for Christmas in 1998, my dad bought me a copy of Family Tree Maker. He had just received a box of his late father's papers, and wanted me to help him sort through the papers and photos. And this time, I have the Internet to help me!