“Step down the stark, white stairs into Jeremy Mehrle’s basement and meet his Apple computer collection,” Betsy Taylor reports for The Associated Press.
“He’s got 99 computers. No, wait. Make that 100. He just got another last night, he said during a recent visit to his home about 35 miles west of St. Louis. Dozens of his Apple Macintosh computers are on display down here, a techie’s dream party pad,” AP reports.
AP reports, “Mehrle, 29, appears to recognize that there’s an inherent, well, geekiness to his computer collection, but he’s got a sense of humor about it. Perhaps at this level of commitment, it’s actually geek chic. His bar is made out of 30 Mac Classics arranged next to and on top of each other. Guests can drink at the bar, “but no one ever does,” he noted. (Just imagine how much technology could be destroyed with just one spilled drink.)”
“Along one wall, he’s got every color — or ‘flavor’ — of iMac. While the first one, in ‘Bondi Blue,’ sits alone, the other 12 are arranged in rows in the order they were released. They begin with the first colors, like ‘Blueberry’ and ‘Tangerine,’ to the last of the bunch, known as ‘Snow,'” AP reports. “Another wall has nine iconic Macintoshes arranged in chronological order. The computers range from the original Macintosh with 128 kilobytes of memory to the 20th-anniversary Mac from 1997.”
AP reports, “He first got into the machines by using his dad’s IBM personal computer. From there, he started collecting computers in general, Commodores and Tandys, Ataris and IBMs. He was interested in how different ones worked and how they evolved. Then he spotted an iMac G4, a computer with a rounded base and a swivel-head, flat-screen monitor. ‘As soon as I saw it, I was like, ‘I have to have this computer,”‘ he said. Mehrle hadn’t been a huge fan of Apple computers, but he became one.”
“Despite a new full-time job at an Apple store, he’s actually slowing his pace considerably when it comes to getting additional computers. His girlfriend, Katrina Bibb, is threatening to get a new pet every time he brings home another machine,” AP reports.
More in the full article, with image, here.
Jeremy Mehrle’s website has many more images here: http://jeremymehrle.com/