I started out as a child. I discovered my dad’s library of sf & fantasy pretty much as soon as I could read. It was an entire wall of the attic, completely covered in paperback books and magazines.
I grew up reading the classics of SF from the Forties, Fifties and Sixties, and watching Monty Python’s Flying Circus in its first American run. I learned to appreciate imagination and dry wit.
Somewhere in there, I started trying to figure out how things work. My brother was big on taking things apart, but I was the one who tried to put them back together to see if I could make them work again.
I still am fascinated by the internal workings of things, but most of the time I’m dealing with software or processes these days.