Started on piano at 4th grade and hated it until I started messing around with writing my own stuff. A music teacher at my school befriended me (8th grade) and let me come to his music room and mess around with his synths during off hours and stuff. He had a DSS1 and DX7 (of course, it was 1988) I was hooked from that point on. Managed to score a DW8000 that summer and from that point on, the rest is history, so to speak. Still have the DW and it still sounds great.
Now if I were only smart enough at the time to realize who my music teacher really was and the company I was in. Seriously. Talk about not knowing sh!t when you're young.