“Several weeks ago, self-described computer historian and author David Greelish started up an online petition, asking Apple Inc. to include a visitor center, with a small gallery telling Apple’s story, for its proposed spaceship building in Cupertino, Calif.,” Therese Poletti reports for MarketWatch. “So far, the petition by Greelish, whose day job is a systems administrator in the Atlanta area, has only 39 signatures.”

“Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, even responded to one of Greelish’s emails, saying he didn’t think the idea is a good one for Apple,” Poletti reports. “‘We are focused on inventing the future, not celebrating the past,’ he wrote. ‘Others are better at collecting, curating and displaying historical Items. It is not who we are or who we want to be.'”

Poletti reports, “Schiller makes a good point. This was also the view of co-founder Steve Jobs, who upon his return to Apple in late 1996 found the company had created a mini-museum at its One Infinite Loop headquarters. He promptly had it dismantled and sent everything to Stanford University.”

Rendering of Apple's "Mothership" campus proposed for Cupertino, CA

Rendering of Apple’s “Mothership” campus proposed for Cupertino, CA

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MacDailyNews Take: Schiller is correct to echo Jobs. However, Apple should — and likely does — realize that the “Mothership” will be a mecca for Apple fans, so some accommodation for them will have to be made; if not a second Apple Company Store that’s open to the public (we’d expect Apple would do this at the new campus, too — either inside the building or separately on the grounds), then at least a “photography station” so pilgrims can get their snapshot and be on their merry way.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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