“Steve Wozniak says he never intended to change the world. That was the other Steve, Steve Jobs. He just wanted to build computers. Oh, and he really — really — wanted to spend his career as a Hewlett-Packard engineer, a position he reluctantly left.” John Boudreau writes for The San Jose Mercury News. “Life turned out very differently for the self-trained electrical engineer. In 1976, he and Jobs started Apple Computer, which would help launch the personal computer revolution. Observers say Apple would never be what it is today without either Steve — Jobs, the tech evangelist and visionary, and Wozniak, whose technical genius created computers for the masses.”
“‘I didn’t want to start this company,’ said Wozniak, known in Silicon Valley simply as ‘Woz.’ ‘My goal wasn’t to make a ton of money. It was to build good computers. I only started the company when I realized I could be an engineer forever.’ Wozniak, 55, left Apple in 1981 to work on his engineering degree at the University of California-Berkeley and dabble in other things. He returned for three years in 1983. Though he has been involved in other ventures since Apple, Wozniak will always be identified with the Cupertino company,” Boudreau writes. “Wozniak recently sat down with the Mercury News to talk about Apple’s 30th anniversary in his home perched in the Los Gatos hills.”
Mercury News: How would you describe your relationship with Steve Jobs?
Woz: We are friends and polite and talk to each other once in a while. . . . We’ve never had an argument. There have been a couple of artificial ones over misinterpretations of things in the press. I’m a real analytical person. When I talk with reporters, I will talk about the pluses and minuses of an issue and, boy, sometimes they like to grab a little minus, twist the words a little, exaggerate it and make a headline.
Mercury News: What’s it like being Steve Wozniak and shopping in an Apple store? Are you recognized?
Woz: I was in Boston once. I needed two AC adapters. I ran into this new Apple store. I went up to the counter, “I’d like two 65-watt AC adapters.” I didn’t say anything about who I was. And they bring them out. I say, “How much?” They say, “We are expensing it.” I said, “Yeah, but how do I pay for it?” They said, “No, no, no — we are allowed to give gifts to special people.”
Mercury News: Do you attend Apple product announcement events?
Woz: That’s actually one of the nicest things Steve does for me: He makes sure I am always invited to the VIP guest area for the product rollouts. I appreciate that more than I can ever say. Those things have inspired me. They have inspired my children when I have brought them in the past. They are really great to see.
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