I had just started my first programming class. It was 1997 and I was in first year engineering. We were being taught Turbo Pascal. I didn't have my own computer -- I had no money for anything beyond the bare necessities of life in those days. My boyfriend did have a computer, and he went away for a long weekend, leaving me with his computer. When he got back, I showed him the mastermind game I had made while he was away. It had only rudimentary graphics, and all it did was make a code and mark your guesses, but it worked!
"How did you figure out how to do that?"
"I read the help," I answered.
"You learned to program by READING THE HELP??"
Borland had really great help docs :)
Also, I am struck (yet again) by how much I was helped by those who had a more secure position in life than I did. Him sharing his computer with me was a big help in me eventually going into programming.