When I was about 8, I met +Perry Jones, who has remained a friend lo these many years (about 30 years). We went to school in Edgewood, BC - which is about as small and isolated a place as you will find, short of the Yukon or Alaska.
Edgewood school was renovating at that time, and they dumped a huge pile of dirt and rocks along one side of the playing field. Perry and I began adventuring on these 'mountains', and explored back and forth for a big part of that year.
Later that year, I got the Dungeons and Dragons Coloring Book, which was the single most awesome thingthat any human has ever produced.
We became really interested in D&D, but I don't think we ever actually played a game. Until...
The next year I moved over the ferry to Fauquier, BC, where I met the Klopps. Specifically Mike and Tony Klopp, who actually PLAYED D&D.
I wasn't the DM, so I don't know what version of D&D we were playing. I do know that the first adventure I went on was Blizzard Pass, so I assume it was Mentzer or Holmes Basic, since it was about 1984 at this point. I might even have been the original Basic Edition, though, since Mike and Tony had 2 older brothers who had both played too. I made 2 characters. A dwarf named Chainmail and an elf named Whiplash. Whiplash fell down a pit and got eaten by a giant rat, but I'm pretty sure Chainmail survived. I was hooked.
Perry and I played lots of D&D in later years, and kept up our friendship even as we moved around. Sadly, I've lost track of Mike and Tony Klopp, but I still remember playing D&D in the back room of their house.
A few years later I moved to New Denver, BC, and Rayn and Nathan Butt lived across the street, and they were into D&D too. I DMed, since I was the most interested, and we played with a rotating cast of others for many years. I still see Rayn pretty regularly, although gaming night is board games now, instead of D&D.
Starting D&D wasn't something I was introduced to. It was something I was waiting for my whole life, without ever knowing it. So thanks Greg Irons, and +Perry Jones, and Mike and Tony Klopp, and Rayn and Nathan Butt, and +Nic Morgan and the gaming group from university. I'm getting towards my 4th decade of gaming, and I still have a great time each and every session.