In 7th grade I had a teacher who set up a darkroom and lent students who wanted it a camera. Showed us how to take photographs,develop and print the results. Then my uncle gave me a 35MM camera (which I still have) 'cause he heard I was interested. Now a own a few cameras,35MM,6X6 TLR and even a Polaroid SX-70 in stainless and leather. He was also into off-roading motorcycles and at 54 I still ride off road.
Looked him up because of this thread and he died a couple years ago at 63. Too young.