He raced over to Harvard, where Gates was studying for finals.
Gates, in his chair, began to rock back and forth, his telltale sign of intense concentration.
Floyd of Washington State University, the recipient of a million gift from Allen − the biggest single donation the school has ever had.and Martin St., at a tiny place called Harvard House of Pizza.It has five faux-wood tables, peach-colored benches, and an amiable counterman named Naseer Khan, who is standing by a Coca-Cola clock and a sign promoting a two-slice-and-a-soda special (.85 plus tax), talking about the owner of the Seattle Seahawks, a guy who used to be a regular here, before anybody ever heard of Richard Sherman, the 12th man or personal computers.“He’s someone who does a whole lot of things, and I don’t know that many people really know that about him.” * * * Jerry Morse knows Allen in a way few others do.“I looked at his butt for a whole intramural football season,” Morse says.Microsoft was no longer a struggling startup, and when it reached a deal with IBM some years later, a software behemoth was on its way.* * * Allen left his position at Microsoft in 1983, after his first cancer diagnosis and a falling-out with Gates, whom he accuses in “Idea Man” of trying to marginalize his role with Microsoft (a name Allen came up with) even as he was battling a life-threatening disease.Allen was not an athletic kid in the least, but would usually find a way to catch Morse’s high-octane passes, though Morse remembers him more for his mind than his hands.“I always liked computers and electronics, but it was obvious that his intelligence was way beyond me,” Morse says.It was here that Paul Allen would come for pepperoni pizza with his fellow tech geek and programming prodigy, Bill Gates, knocking around ideas that would ultimately change the world, spawn a company called Microsoft and make them two of the richest college dropouts on Earth. My kids are the ones who know all about computers.” Allen turned 61 years old on Tuesday.“Being so close to Harvard, we get a lot of smart people here,” Khan, 57, says. He owns three sports teams (the Portland Trail Blazers and a piece of the Seattle Sounders of the MLS), and two victories over cancer.