Apple co-founder Woz focus of new ‘Moments That Changed Us’ documentary

AmericanLife TV (ALN), the cable network devoted to the Baby Boomer generation, announced today they will present an exclusive screening of a new documentary, “Moments That Changed Us: Steve Wozniak” — and the beginnings of the computer revolution, a revealing interview with co-founder Steve Wozniak (aka “The Woz”), the genius behind the design of Apple II. The exclusive screening will be hosted by journalist Nick Clooney and held at the “Newseum” on Friday, November 28, 2008 (2:30p.m.-3:30p.m.). This special will premiere on ALN December 5th at 9pm ET with an encore at 11pm ET / 8pm PT.

“Moments That Changed Us” is a series of specials presented by AmericanLife TV that covers defining times of the Baby Boom Generation. The series is hosted by Nick Clooney, veteran journalist and father of actor, George Clooney. Each special presents an in-depth interview with a leading figure in a signature moment that changed our lives, our culture and our history.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple Computers in 1976 and made an incredible creative team, inventing the first personal home computers. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was interviewed by Nick Clooney and speaks candidly in this rare interview on the show. This special will feature the story of Apple, and evolution and effects on the baby boomer generation, and the genius of Steve Wozniak as a computer engineer and designer and how he came to design the Apple II, which was one of the first practical desktop computers that could be used in businesses, schools and the home.

“Today we take computers for granted; in fact my kids can’t conceive of a world without them,” said Mark Ringwald, AmericanLife TV’s Vice President of Programming. “Yet in reality, the information age began just a few short years ago. Through Steve, this ‘Moments’ documentary lets us re-experience the sense of wonder and awe in discovering a machine that brought the future into our homes.”

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak are among the most well-known revolutionaries of the computing age. Their invention of the first true personal computer changed baby boomers’ ideas of what a computer could look like and what it could do for them to make their lives easier and their work more efficient. With Macintosh, Apple continues to be one of the best-known and most popular brands of personal computing devices in the world.

Both Wozniak and Jobs have been recognized with countless awards and honors, including National Medals of Technology, awarded in 1985 by then-President Ronald Reagan. Wozniak was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2000 and is a past recipient of the Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment.

Source: AmericanLife Television

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Carl H” for the heads up.]

21 Comments

  1. Boring.

    Woz keeps pumping, and pumping, and pumping a point in time that is gone. Milking it.

    Its an embarrassment. He has done nothing .. zero .. since those days of yore. Not a single invention, business idea, nothing.

    He is turning into a publicity slob and staining his legacy.

    The absolute perfect definition of a ‘has been’.

    He stopped learning, thinking, inventing, risk taking. He should now shut the fsck up and disappear forever.

  2. I don’t think xx has a clue as to just how significant Woz’s contribution was! He wasn’t just “thinking outside the box”, he stripped the box for spare parts and built a castle out of it. He contributed more in the creation of the Apple I, then again with the Apple ][, than most of us do in our entire lives. He’s a geek, a nerd, a socially inept dreamer, and hundreds of thousands of geeks/nerds/dreamers since have earned their daily bread off the wave he started.
    So … xx?YOU “shut the fsck up and disappear forever”

  3. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak are among the most well-known revolutionaries of the computing age.

    They’re only well known to the 5 or 6 MAC sheep who don’t have the fortitude to work with a REAL COMPUTER THAT RUNS WINDOWS. What’s so revolutionary about Windows wannabe computers that can’t play games or run Zune Marketplace software? Windows 3.1. That was a revolution. Thank you, Microsoft!

    I’m a PC.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  4. Sure that is not an Apple II board in the picture? They seem to be at a major plant. Maybe HP? Woz has an apple belt buckle. That would seem to be a little later in the history of the company. There is something that looks like an Apple II case in the background. Confusing picture.

  5. I see Zune Troll, I mean Zune Tang is back. The resident MDN humorist. Don’t respond and humor the Trolls folks!

    And to XX you’re an idiot. If Woz contributes nothing else in his life, who cares? He contributed more in that brief time than have of the population will even dream such futuristic thoughts. What have YOU contributed so far? Hmm?

    Buy a clue.

  6. xx takes the piece out of perspective. Woz didn’t conceive or produce the documentary for his own benefit. It’s important to recognize, especially for young people, that it’s non-mainstream thinkers and risk takers like Woz that make a difference in the World. He illustrates that you don’t have to be beautiful or popular to make a difference.

  7. What’s so revolutionary about Windows wannabe computers that can’t play games or run Zune Marketplace software?

    Apple was in the computer business nine YEARS before MS ushered in the dark ages of Windows computing.

    And Apple computers were running games and business software years before there was even a PC!

    Anyway, you were saying something about revolutionary products…?


  8. Woz keeps pumping, and pumping, and pumping a point in time that is gone. Milking it.

    Its an embarrassment. He has done nothing .. zero .. since those days of yore. Not a single invention, business idea, nothing.

    He is turning into a publicity slob and staining his legacy.

    The absolute perfect definition of a ‘has been’.

    He stopped learning, thinking, inventing, risk taking. He should now shut the fsck up and disappear forever.

    I didn’t know Woz was a Beatle…..

    Maybe that’s the real reason for all the lawsuits! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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