Bill Gates Re-Created His 1973 High School Yearbook Photo
For a Reddit IAmA
Bill Gates re-creates 1973 high school yearbook photo
Whenever you hear the name “Bill Gates,” a certain image probably pops into your mind. Maybe one of a bespectacled, thin, smiling older gentlemen who seems to have a kind of inquisitive smirk on his face. But back in 1973, when he was still a 17-year-old high school student at Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington, he looked a lot like any other moody, rebellious kid. The Microsoft co-founder and multi-billlionaire philanthropist is hosted a Reddit AmA (“Ask Me Anything”) session on Tuesday (that’s where a single person solicits questions from the crowd), and for his required verification photo, he uploaded the above picture he says his is high school yearbook photo, along with a recreation of himself in the same spot and position today.
Bill Gates in 1973 and 2016
Perhaps the most alien aspect of the photo to the high school students of today: Gates is holding the receiver of a rotary phone, attached by one of those classic, flexible, self-coiling cords. Yes, as strange as it sounds, our phones were for a long time not mobile. There’s also something of a funny yet sad irony Gates is holding a phone in this picture and the re-creation, given how poorly Microsoft’s own mobile phone efforts have panned out.
Still, it’s something like this that makes us long for another vintage geek/computing inspired TV show or movie. Halt and Catch Fire season 3, anyone?