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Q From e-mail:
Dear Mr. Wozniak, My father bought an Apple ][ with an AppleSoft card when I was 15 or so. It had 48k and a floppy drive. It was just amazing what you could do with 48k in those days - we had a word processor (AppleWrite, I think), VisiCalc, and plenty of games. I started programming shortly thereafter, using Apple BASIC. I later moved to Pascal on the Apple. I'm 31 now and making a good living as a Java programmer. I don't know what I'd be doing if it wasn't for the Apple. What did math nerds do before computers?

WOZ:
Believe it or not, such stories of people getting interested in computers at an early age and making a life out of it bring tears to my eyes. I don't need any credit, you all merely need symbols like myself. Yes, what would we math nerds have done? (except for those of us who knew electronics and lived in Santa Clara, I mean 'Silicon', Valley)

Q From e-mail:
My father gave the ][ away a few years ago to a school where the kids used it for "Turtle Graphics". For what it's worth, you were a bit of a hero among me and my friends back then - we knew that you were the hardware guy, and Jobs the business guy. As I recall, and this may be totally wrong, the belief was that Jobs was behind the Lisa, and your "response" was the Mac.

WOZ:
Very wrong. Steve Jobs was behind bringing the Xerox technology to Apple and building good products with it. But he eventually fell into disfavor with the LISA group. Naturally, the Macintosh became a bit of striking back for him. That's my opinion. I liked all the people on the Mac team very much, even Steve, but my plane crash kept me from it.

Q From e-mail:
I also remember reading that a woman called your dial-a-joke line, and you answered saying "I bet I can hang up faster than you." and then you hung up on her - was this your future wife? Again this was a long time ago so I'm not sure if that's true.

WOZ:
True. My first wife. I was thankful back then just to ever have gotten married in my life. There was some doubt that it would happen! I was young and naive and pure and could never possibly not have been there for her alone. But after Apple's success, I found out that if one party wants a divorce then there's a diverce. She certainly has a lot more money than I do today.

Q From e-mail:
Like many other posters, I'm glad to see you're sticking to what your heart always desired. In all honesty, though, I'm secretly hoping you are the "Once and Future King" of Apple, and that one day you'll return with something just as revolutionary.

WOZ:
Believe me, that means nothing. I just want good computers that behave well. Someday we'll have them again.

Q From e-mail:
I just wanted to say, that really appreciate everything you have done over the years. My dad got me a IIc when they first shipped in 1984, and I used that wonderful little system until 95 when I upgraded to one of your Limited Edition "Woz" IIgs systems. but I chose to stick w/ the past & not only did I get a IIc+ later that year, but a rom 03 IIc.... Lately I have a custom built IBM system, but I still have my IIgs which has been greatly updated thanks to Alltech Electronics and several other companies.. And have helped a couple friends reawaken their old GS systems and bring them up to date as much as a IIgs can be updated. on to other subjects, I watched "Pirates of Silicon Valley" last night, and found it to be very reveiling about the past......and was wondering what you thought about everything that had happened.... ack....blasted server.....gotta go...lag is killing me..

WOZ:
I loved the ][c the most of all the Apple's.

All of the early Apple's had the laptop to typewriter size right in front of you. This is what I like. I broke with tradition for this 'look'. I have nice minitowers but I rarely use anything but a laptop, a PowerBook, as a computer. I just like it all in front of me, it's hard to explain why.

Q From e-mail:
I'm just writing you this little blurb to thank you for creating Apple by making the Apple I and II. I remember getting to the 2nd high school I had to go to because I risked dropping out of the first and seeing the Apple II for the first time. This was 1985. All the students were busy learning stuff and playing games, I immediately fell in love. With the Apple II but also with Apple and its products (and I'm sure part of this was your hand) had this touch of love put in them that put them apart from the rest. Anyway, to make a long story short, I owe you my career in IT and not dropping out of school. So you vision was (and still is) the best one of them all, empowering kids by creating good and simple yet sophisticated computers that will intrigue and stimulate them.

WOZ:
You couldn't have a better story. I especially like the, obviously true, reference to almost dropping out. Believe me, as a father of six bright kids, I've been too close to this one many times.

Q From e-mail:
Hi Woz. I am a big fan of yours. I'm 18 and live in Los Angeles. Now, I have a really good idea for a program... this idea has been burning a hole in my brain ever since I thought of it. If you like, I will tell you the idea. But there are some problems, the first of which is that I have no idea what to do. I can't actually start working on it because I'm really not a very good programmer, myself. I also don't know anyone who is who will just work on it because they like the idea... so maybe you know someone who has the right spirit? At any rate, thanks so much for all you've done for computing... matt

WOZ:
Sorry, but I'm not that good a programmer any more. I do program occassionally, but only for my favorite things, solving puzzles and games. I also have little time to hear ideas. I get such approaches many times each week. But I haven't the time to contribute anything. If I had the time, things would be different. Best wishes to you, and you are free to tell me your idea. Just don't expect too much time from me.

Q From e-mail:
My first computer was an Apple III although I learned to program basic on my best freinds TRS-80. I was just a little curious on your thought on this old machine. It still works and has never required maintenance. Actually I have a IIe, a IIgs and a 128 mac that still work and have never required maintenance. I work in an Apple Authorized service center and own more current machines. I just don't find the hard ware as reliable as it used to be. Is it just my imagination? PS. I have enjoyed reading through your website.

WOZ:
Hey, thanks for contributing to the website too. I always have a problem getting bio materials to people. Now I can refer them to the website.

I hope that we meet some day. I admire people that had much the same computers as you did, that these little machines meant that much to them.

I'm sorry if this note is too egotistical. I'm trying to be polite and complete and have something meaningful to say.


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