I have no idea who it would have been. My brother, Robert and I probably shared our first person. We also helped found the Science Fiction Book Club at our school, it was all genres of books, movies and games.
The two most recent I introduced were my sons. Their mother, my ex, is anti-D&D, but bought them Magic, The Gathering cards, LOL. She has no clue.
My sons loved it and we have a blast when we play. I just wish we could work it out to play more often. I really enjoy it and am the DM I wish I was when I DM’d in high school. I don’t think I am as good as my brother, Robert, but I think I am good enough that he would enjoy being a player for a change. He would definitely stretch my skills to the max!
My sons each went with non-human split class characters for magic use and armor. They have done very well for first time players.
My oldest told me about playing in a 3e or 4e game and was so lost by character creation and a DM who wasn’t very helpful that he did not enjoy it. I showed him that it can be simple to create a character, 15 min or less and soon be playing and having fun.