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The origins of Apple computers

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In 1976, two scruffy young men tinkered away in a garage in Santa Clara, Calif., taking the first small steps in developing what would become a billion-dollar empire. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created Apple computers that year from the humblest of beginnings. But in this 1987 report, Wozniak's parents recall seeing a grand destiny for the two entrepreneurs, even from the start.

Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Morning
Broadcast Date: Nov. 22, 1987
Guest(s): Gerry Wozniak, Margaret Wozniak
Reporter: Bill Drummond
Duration: 2:30
Photo: Apple Inc.

Did You know?


• Apple's first product, the Apple I, sold for US $666.66. Steve Wozniak has claimed he was unaware of the sinister implications of the number and just like the symmetry of the numbers.

  • Apple's IPO (Initial Public Offering, when a company's stocks are first offered to the public), took place on December 12, 1980. The stock was first available at US $22 a share. The huge demand drove the stock price up to $29 by the end of the day, making about 40 Apple employees into overnight millionaires.

 

• A one-time amateur pilot, Steve Wozniak crashed his private plane in February 1981 and suffered both retrograde and anterograde amnesia. The former is when a sufferer is unable to remember anything that occurred prior to an accident, the latter when their short-term memory cannot function. He could not recall the crash or even remember which day of the week it was. He recovered after five weeks.

 


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