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Q From e-mail:
I would like to thank you for touching my life and the life of my children. My father bought me an Apple IIe when I was a kid. I remember him filling out the credit application and actually having an Apple credit card or something of that nature. Looking back I don't think he could have afforded it but he bought it for me. My 3 girls currently use a 266 iMac which is the main focus of our household. If it wasn't for Macs my 4 year old would not be as advanced as she is with computers. I'm sure your initial response will be something like "I took alot of people to build those products" and I thank all of them. But my family thanks you for being a doer and a thinker and I hope I teach my kids to do the same with their lives.

WOZ:
This is a great story to hear. Sometimes, the Apple ][ is forgotten or deliberately left out but it inspired this whole industry in my opinion.

Q From e-mail:
Hi, Woz. My dad got me an Apple ][ back in 1979, and I found it so clean and crisp and cool that within days I did a CALL -151, and I've been writing Woz-influenced code ever since. Thanks for Wozifying the world!

OK, I've just got to know. Which HP calc was it that most influenced the Apple 1 and ][, the HP 9830 (1972) or the HP 9825 (1976)? The Apple ][ looks a lot like the 9825, but given your tenure at HP, I'd have to guess it was the very cool 9830 with built-in BASIC that had the most influence on you.

WOZ:
I'm glad to find so many people that still remembering being inspired in the CALL -151 days!

All the small HP Calculators, the HP 35, 45, 55, 65, and 67 influenced the Apple II. They did it in the sense that each key had a worthwhile function meaningful to humans. Each key merely activated it's own program. A calculator was complete. It didn't need accessories and peripherals and programs just to have a keyboard you could use.

Q From e-mail:
I can truly say you've been an inspiration to me. I've had the honor of hearing you speak in person once or twice and was inspired each time. Thank you so much for the past 26 years of home computing. Your simple actions have made quite a difference in my life. Let NO one ever say "one man cannot make a difference" for you have proven that axiom wrong.

WOZ:
This comment makes my day. I read your note and was glad to hear from someone who encountered and liked and bought Apple products from the start. I'm glad to get credited for making a difference.

Q From e-mail:
So I am 13 and headed real far into computers!!! So you invented the first computer! What year did you come up with that great idea , I mean I'm using one now , and pretty much the world! Well hey if you get this e-mail , e-mail me back! I jus wanted to say you are a great person for changing our future and etc. etc..

WOZ:
Hey, I'm reminded of things my father said when I was your age. He was a great engineer. But he told me how important we young people were. He said that the adults had a lot of things not working well in the world and that we kids were going to school in order to make the world much better. I was shocked to learn that my elementary school teacher made less than junior high school and high school teachers and even engineers after hearing this speech.

Well, it's your turn to decide that you want to achieve and change the future. You have to work hard to do better at things than almost anyone else. You have to put off some partying until later, after your success is assured. I wish you well in this.

Q From e-mail:
I am writing this on a 20th Anniversary Mac (one of the "fire sale models" from the Apple Store) and it is a wonderful machine. I also have an iMac in my other farm office. But the IIe was still the most fun I ever had xomputing, and it kept the books just as good as these two machines do.

WOZ:
I love that 20th Anniversary Mac. I think of it as a perfect college machine, with the computer, TV, radio, CD player and more (AV even) all in one sleek machine. I don't know why, exactly, the ][e was so good to so many. I hear what you are saying all the time. I think that for a while, software was simple and we were kings of our machines. After the market was recognized as being very large, programs became immense. It became more of a contest to remember which menu something was in, than to do it yourself or make what program you had do the job you needed. It feels like the software is so good and immense now that it's often more important than we, the people, are. I didn't feel this way back in the early days. I can still feel that good now, but it's less often, like when I'm writing a program for fun.

 


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