I received my ham license in 1965 while a student at Texas A&M. Another student and I buddied up and learned code to 18 wpm so we could pass the test, which was taken at the FCC office in Houston. The FCC office was quite an intimidating place.
One of my instructors was a ham and encouraged lots of building and messing around with ham related equipment. As a result, the vacuum tube era bit me and I have since begun to collect a variety of vintage equipment.
In Jr. High I got interested in Ham Radio because of an article in Boy Scout Magazine. My first receivers were Knight Kits; Ocean Hopper and Space Spanner, which I have since added to my collection. Next was a Hallicrafters S-38D and SX-110.
My first “rig” was a Drake 2B and Heathkit AT-1. I graduated to a Galaxy V Transceiver, which was quite a deal at the time.