Barry loved chemistry from an early age, and that helped his skills as a farmer.
He won first place in the Fallville County Fair Agricultural Competition, a prize which included a scholarship to Sun City University.
In high school, Barry had a reputation for being slow and easy-going. His date had wanted to put a little motion in his life, and they went on the roller-coaster first thing.
Because of this, he developed a fear of roller-coasters, a fear that he didn't get rid of until much later in his life.
Wally's original costume was later transformed into a new yellow and red design with which the Flash had been toying, following an accident with a matter-transforming machine.
As Kid Flash, Wally wore this costume for many years until he outgrew his teenage appellation and became the new Flash, exchanging it for the outfit originally worn by Barry.
Eventually, Barry proposed to Iris on a Ferris wheel at the fair.
She accepted, and they were married, in spite of the efforts of Professor Zoom, who attempted to foil the ceremony.
All of a sudden, a bolt of lightning streaked through a window, shattered a chemical cabinet and covered Barry in the electrified chemicals. However, the taxi started to pull away without noticing him.
Barry sprinted after it, only to run straight past it as if it had been standing still.
Eager to be in the sister city of his childhood hero's home, Keystone City, he accepted the offer.
After moving to Central City and getting an apartment with a laboratory in the back, Barry began dating Picture News reporter Iris West, whom he met while examining an apparent murder that she was reporting. That night during an electrical storm, Barry returned to an experiment after a short break.
He called himself the Flash, a tribute to his childhood idol He briefly considered wearing a costume that would show his face, like Jay had, but decided that it would be best to wear a mask to conceal his true identity.