In our case, you take an only child, give him intellectually stimulating toys and games, curiosity, computers, and set him loose. OK, there might have been some innate intellect in there too, but it wasn't like he was a spoiled little brat with every toy in the universe.
His first toys were Lock Blocks. No Legos, just Lock Blocks. The concept's the same, and he did build some amazing things for his age. I seem to remember a lawn mower... When he was in grade school his Wilkerson grandparents gave him an Atari which kept him busy for hours on end. After that it was a 'real' computer my parents gave him.
With that computer he had his first taste of programming and networking. His friends were all into computing too, and they would talk on the phone devising ways to get into the games in there to 'cheat' so they could win. I don't see the fun in that, but it's also something I greatly admire as an asset for Greg's generation, which is the ability to find a way around something and make it work to your advantage.
Through the years, Greg kept building on his computer skills. Even when his school friends thought he was a geek nerd and he had to actually 'play dumb' in order to fit in. I think he would be the first to admit he isn't a genius, but he certainly has tenacity! After graduating from high school he went into the Marines as a radio repair technician. He worked that to his advantage too, eventually getting into a job working IT on base at Pendleton.
Obviously, he has other interests now besides computers. These are his and Jenn's beautiful children, Garrett, Shelby and Katrina.
All this brings us to present day. Every once and a while I like to go and look at Greg's profile on LinkedIn and just smile. His current job is as the Senior Systems Administrator at CapitalSource Bank. My 'baby' has come a long, long way. I wonder what the future holds for him?