In 1968, my father brought home the user manual for TINT, the Timeshared INTerpreter for JTS, JOVIAL for Time Sharing. The rule of the house was that I could read anything except the books on abnormal psychology (and I didn't want to read those, they were yucky). I read the TINT manual, and said, "I can do that." A few months later, my father brought me in for a few hours to where he worked, System Development Corporation, Santa Monica, CA. I demonstrated sufficient proficiency on the AN-FSQ/32 timesharing system to have passed the programming class, had I taken it. In 1970, I spent some of the summer working at UCLA, translating statistical programs from JOVIAL to FORTRAN (F40 on the DEC PDP-10). In 1971, I was old enough to be paid as a programmer, working on statistics programs, novel user interfaces, and operating system modifications. I never did learn how to flip burgers or serve ice cream, like my high school friends did.
JOVIAL (Jules Own Version of the International Algorithmic Language) was an ALGOL-class language created to program US Air Force systems, such as SAGE (the Strategic Air Ground Environment), starting in 1958. System Development Corporation (SDC) was the world's first software company. DEC built the most fun computers in the 1960's and 1970's. UCLA is the home of the Bruins.