I was first interested in amateur radio when I was a kid, after seeing a segment about it on a TV show, "Big Blue Marble" I think it was.
I was always interested in taking things apart and "experimenting". One Christmas I got a "150 in 1" from radio shack. It had 150 different wiring diagrams, everything from sirens to sound amplifiers. Included in that kit was a basic CW key with Morse code printed on it. That was were my fascination with CW started.
When I got out of the Army I decided to get my amateur license. I learned code in the military so all I needed to do was study for the written test. I passed the 20 wpm code (that made me very popular) and General exam at that first test session.
I got into amateur radio with one thing in mind, Homebrew, QRP/CW from remote locations.
After being out of the hobby for many years I was pleasantly surprised to Find SOTA (Thanks to a presentation by Steve, KY7K). SOTA embodied everything I always wanted to do in the hobby and I dove right in.