“Cupertino was not Steve Jobs’ first choice for a state-of-the-art Apple headquarters,” Julia Prodis Sulek reports for The San Jose Mercury News.

“He had another vision three decades ago, when the computer genius was young and healthy, on the cover of Time magazine and on the verge of introducing the Macintosh,” Sulek reports. “It was 1983 when Jobs took a helicopter ride with a real estate consultant, had cocktails at Carry Nations bar in Los Gatos with then-San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery, then announced he was ready to build a ‘statement’ corporate campus. The location: the southern end of San Jose — on the green pastures of Coyote Valley. He even lined up a world-renowned architect, in that case I.M. Pei.”

“How history would have changed, how the fortunes of San Jose would be different, had the project gone forward are immeasurable,” Sulek reports. “But one thing is clear: The vision for the modernist Apple headquarters that Jobs unveiled in Cupertino last week is remarkably similar to the one he had dreamed about for San Jose'”

“And three men involved in Apple’s Coyote Valley project — McEnery; real estate consultant Bob Feld; and former Apple vice president Al Eisenstat — are amazed that even after 28 years, Jobs never gave up,” Sulek reports. “‘I am absolutely thrilled that after everything he has gone through, physically and everything else, that he still has this desire to take on something of this magnitude,’ said Feld, now a vice president with Cornish & Carey in Sacramento. ‘To me, it’s as if time hasn’t shifted — 30 years, same vision, same scope, same dream.'”

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[Attribution: Cult of Mac. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]