The first person to introduce me to DnD? Richard Eldridge. While it was my friendship with Barry Black that introduced me to my first game group, and Todd Wallace ran us through character creation, it was Richard who invited everyone over to his apartment and he ended up being my first DM.
Which edition? Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Second Edition.
My first character? A fighter (I didn't qualify for any other class with my ability scores) named Garamond. I wanted to be a Swashbuckler, but again, didn't qualify for the kit. I have a degree in graphic design, and was a sophomore in college at the time and took his name from a font.