I had another op-ed in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago, entitled "How to Raise a Scientist in the Xbox Age." You can't read it unless you are a subscriber -- the Wall Street Journal is behind a paywall that makes the Berlin Wall look like a speed bump -- but the article basically details my experiences growing up as proto-scientist in the 1960s and 70s.
I did a lot of stupid and dangerous things, particularly with my chemistry set, but they were things that helped set me on the path toward becoming a scientist today. After the op-ed came out, I received a lot of letters and email from other scientists, describing their own hair-raising experiments as kids (including a nice letter from the Chancellor of Washington University!) It's amazing any of us survived to adulthood.