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Bill Gates Sr.
By Tom Griffin
From Columns, September 2004
Was the UW the only place you considered for college?
GATES: It was the only place.
You grew up in Bremerton, where your dad owned a furniture store. You graduated from Bremerton High in 1943 and came to the UW. How long were you a student before you entered the military?
GATES: I was here for one year-the school year of 1943-44-and went into the service in June of '44.
College was an expensive proposition in 1943 for a family, wasn't it?
GATES: It was expensive, but I think that tuition was really very modest as a matter of fact. I wouldn't be surprised if it was in the $50 neighborhood. But on top of all that, there was room and board and books. It was significant, but I was a child of a distinctly middle class family and my father had a business and a reasonable income.