There's Bill Gates the inventor, Bill Gates the philanthropist, Bill Gates the business magnate.
Then there's the 20-year-old Bill Gates who argues with his mom via pay phone and can't stop yelling about people stealing his software. That's the Bill Gates at the center of "First," a fictional retelling of the people and events that launched the PC revolution.
The play by Evelyn Jean Pine -- now having its world premiere at Stage Werx Theatre in San Francisco -- takes place on March 26, 1976, on the eve of the first Altair computer conference in Albuquerque, N.M.
Gates is poised to speak to major players in the computer industry -- including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and the late Ed Roberts, a pioneering engineer who built the first widely available home computer -- and he knows he has to give the speech of his life.
The young Gates is passionate, idealistic, a little cocky, and a lot stressed out. … Read more