I'm so glad you enjoyed the bio. It sort of grew out of that Facebook meme—the one where you had to list twenty things about yourself. My list started to take on a coherent story structure so I decided to use it as a bio.
How did I end up meeting Bill Gates? At the time I was a young newbie reporter at Fortune magazine. One day Bill Gates came to town and there I was, with a small editorial team from the tech dept, listening to a private Q&A. I didn't get a chance to shake his hand but I did get to shake the hand of legendary Steve Ross at a company meeting right before Warner merged with Time Inc. I'd never seen anyone so charismatic! That was my one encounter with Hollywood royalty!
And the genius for a day...Michael Kimball, author of Dear Everybody and Us, was guest editing at Everyday Genius for a month. Each day he featured a different writer and one day it was me...thus I was a genius for a day!