James Gosling - Thoughts for Students (at the 1 minute mark, the entire video is 1 minute and 26 seconds long):
And it's pretty easy to explain how object-oriented programming took people who've never programmed before because it's kind of like dealing with objects in the world around you. But if people have already learned how to program COBOL, it's kind of strange and in their head they're trying to map COBOL on Java.
I don't know how to understand took. What does he really mean by OOP took people?