Hey! I have a neat idea on how to get people interested in bitcoin: Have a Bitcoin Mining Party! Windows 7 did this with much success, and I think it would work well for bitcoins too.
What I'm talking about is getting a group of friends over with their alienware laptops, and showing them how to install the client, build an MtGoX and/or TradeHill (using your referral code of course) account, and getting started mining.
I really hope people start getting in to this. Maybe we could collab and rent a few concert halls to show hundreds of people at once.
Be sure to post pictures of your mining parties! Loads of fun!
<-- the smiling attendees at my bitcoin party