Happy 29th birthday, Apple Computer!

Apple Computer, Inc. turns 29-years-old today! Time Magazine’s 80th anniversary issue featured a look back over 80 years in a piece titled “80 Days That Changed the World,” published on March 31, 2003. Lev Grossman wrote about one such day that changed the world, the founding of Apple Computer, Inc. on April 1, 1976:

They were two guys named Steve, so Steve Jobs was called Steve and Steve Wozniak went by Woz. At 25, Wozniak was the technical brains. Jobs, 21, was the dreamer with a knack for getting others to dream along with him. They had gone to the same high school, and in the hazy years after graduation (both were college dropouts) a shared interest in electronics brought them together. Jobs didn’t yet have his own place, so when their formal partnership began, the decision was made in a bedroom at his parents’ ranch house in Los Altos, Calif.

Most computers in 1976 were room-size machines with Defense Department-size price tags, but Wozniak had been tinkering with a new design, and his computer was different. It wasn’t much to look at – just a bunch of chips screwed to a piece of plywood – but it was small, cheap and easy to use, and Jobs had noticed the stir it caused when they took it to a local computer club. “He said, ‘We’ll make it for 20 bucks, sell it for 40 bucks!'” Wozniak remembers. “I kind of didn’t think we’d do it.” Jobs came up with the name, inspired by an orchard in Oregon where he had worked with some friends: Apple Computer. “When we started the little partnership, it was just like, Oh, this will be fun,” Wozniak says. “We won’t make any money, but it’ll be fun.”

They didn’t go out and celebrate that day. Woz wouldn’t even quit his day job designing chips for calculators at Hewlett-Packard until months later, after Jobs had sold his Volkswagen bus for seed money. Nobody, not even Jobs, saw what was coming next: that Apple would create the look and feel of every desktop in the world and start our love affair with the personal computer.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: And “some people” thought Apple would never even be here to celebrate their 29th! They were wrong.

14 Comments

  1. And many mooooooooooooooooore! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    MDN word is “game”…

    This is no game… Apple’s playing for keeps now. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. There was an interesting reference on Fox’s Tru Calling last night… Tru asked Harper “How do you always get to the victim before I do?” to which he replied “Does Apple Tell Microsoft?”

  3. Still waiting for that OSX 10.4… I’m happy for Apple. This year will hopefully be the year of the 10gb ipod mini (Yes, it’s feasible). My guess would be if there is going to be a G5 PowerBook it will come out on April 1, 2006. Anyone else agree that it would be a cool 30th? I’m hoping for sooner but I can’t make them go any faster unless we get a water cooled laptop. Interesting concept huh? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> GO APPLE!

  4. Chris

    10Gb iPod Mini huh? Sounds delicious. I think the G5 PB will be released in the middle of this year….take my word for it ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Rene
    Do you really think that the G5 PB will come out this year? Seriously. What do you know;) I’m about to buy a G4PB tomorrow but if I can wait a few months for the new PB I will. Thanks!

  6. Obnoxious!
    Popups that Apple has let us elect to block circumvented by an Apple website.
    Plus annoying sound files.
    I’m not coming to this site again.

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