I had been writing a little code in php (after dropping out of a backwater community college) when the big 2005-6 ajax web 2.0 wave struck. Digg was huge then and from there I found a site called Valleywag. They had some stuff about Paul Graham,snarky stuff I would read with a lot less interest today at 23 than I would then at 19, I stumbled in to Startup News by way of their link. I was curious; who was this Paul Graham guy? Turns out he was funding young entrepreneurs... I read all of his essays, and while I still haven't taken up writing in Lisp, I've been a fan ever since.
You'd be surprised at the kids these days. I was making websites (or trying, at least) since 2nd grade and I knew names like Jeffery Zeldman and Dan Cederholm from their books and blogs. If I had been interested in slightly different things, I could have easily run across PG earlier than I did.