A hearty bravo to Vince Patton, the entreprising fellow who this week published long-lost video of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak telling tales about the company to the Denver Apple Pi computer club at the Colorado School of Mines way back in 1984.
The footage -- on VHS tape, naturally -- was saved by Patton's father; Patton turned around and digitized it for our enjoyment. And what a find it was.
In this example, Woz discusses the early days of Apple as a company -- one that knew it had a hit product on its hands but still needed the financing ($250,000, to be precise) to make it happen (not to mention the stomach to quit a job at Hewlett-Packard and go all in).
There are many more:
- ...on his flight to the venue
- ...on computers in 1975
- ...on paper tapes as programming media
- ...on the first "personal" computers
- ...on Steve Jobs and Atari
- ...on designing for simplicity
- ...on high school
- ...on 8-bit computers
- ...on Jobs' famous 'blue boxes'
- ...on expandable memory
- ...on sharing information
- ...on being rejected by Hewlett-Packard (three times!)
- ...on losing money
Indeed, there are more still; Patton split the 90-minute presentation into 23 videos. To walk down memory lane, watch them here.