Steve Wozniak And Apple
Steve Jobs (pictured right) might be the most famous name to emerge from the history of Apple, but Stephen Gary Wozniak deserves a place right there with him, sowing the seeds.
Wozniak met Jobs and bonded in 1970 when the former was working for Hewlett Packard and the latter got a summer job there. Woz is the one who actually designed and developed the circuit board designs, hardware and operating system for the Apple I. The pair finessed their creation and ended up selling the first 50 units for $666.66 (they weren’t Satanists, just fans of repeating digits). That original computer had an astonishing 256 bytes of ROM and 8 KB of RAM. You kids don’t know how good you have it. We remember when all this was fields, etc.
After that came the Apple II, which broke new ground with the ability to display colour graphics. It quickly became one of the first successful mass-produced personal computers.Flying high on the back of Apple Computer, Wozniak’s life took a somewhat literal nosedive on February 7, 1981 when the plane he was piloting crashed, injuring all aboard. He spent his recovery time and years afterwards pioneering festivals to celebrate music and technology and returned to UC Berkeley to finish his undergraduate studies.
He ended full-time work at Apple in 1987, 12 years after helping to create it in the first place. He’s still an employee and earns a “modest stipend”, which is estimated at $120,000 a year and somewhat redefines the word “modest.” He also owns Apple stock.
Post-Apple, he’s been a teacher, founded other companies and generally been regarded as a quirky genius beloved by the tech community. He’ll crop up on screen this year in Joshua Michael Stern’s jOBS, which charts the early years of Jobs. Ashton Kutcher ‘s playing the title character and Josh Gad appears as Wozniak. Long live the Woz!
We’d cast: Wozniak himself, who did after all play himself on The Big Bang Theory.
Tone: Capra-esque story about how to get ahead in business without being a terrible person.