I don't have a question, just comments on how working at Apple has been
one of the most positive influences in my life in general. It's wasn't
the most prestigious position as an employee at Apple, but it was, for
me, the most enlightening. While working my way through college, I was
a security guard at Apple Computers from 1988-1991. To some degree, I
found it hard to leave working at Apple though greater opportunities were
ahead of me.
In my position, I was able to witness first hand, the innovation and evolution
of the Apple and Macintosh computers. This is something that few have
done, and many have dreamed about. I have actually walked through every
building, and every department in Cupertino, Santa Clara, Mt. View, San
Jose and Campbell, and seen almost every aspect of Apple's contribution
to the development of the computer industry.
More than that, I had the privilege to meet and work with some of the
most diverse, intelligent and interesting people on the planet. From them,
I was given motivation both directly and inspirationally, to strive for
continuous improvement and think 'outside the box'. To my benefit, their
influence greatly helped with my studies and given me the freedom to think
creatively. I also learned that there was more to life than work (Friday
night beer-busts at Mariani One and Bandley Three).
Not many people can appreciate the giant employee badges that were used
to identify each building, or the name-themes of the conference rooms
in each building, or had the unfortunate experience of getting lost in
De Anza Three. Has anyone ever known a building with espresso machines
in every break room, or a piano in the lobby? I saw the prototype designs
for the first color Macintosh in Valley Green Six (I used my student benefits
to purchase a Mac LC and Stylewriter printer). I don't think any other
company has the job-title 'Evangelist'. There were several people that
were literally living in their cubes (imagine walking up on someone in
their bathrobe and flip-flop sandals at 3:00AM in Bandley Two...). There
are too many humorous incidents to mention. The Apple culture and philosophy
at that time was something that could only be truly appreciated first-hand.
Although I didn't know it at the time, I was witness to one of the most
influential revolutions in computers, and I would like to thank you for
making it possible through your successful struggle and efforts to make
the computer available to everyone. No need to reply to this email, I
just happened to browse your website and felt the need to express my appreciation
for a unique and positive lifetime experience.
Sincerely, Rich Romero
I'm Steve Partos, I have spoken to you before awhile ago, I'm just asking
and checking up...
First I hope you are ok, and your friends and family are ok from this
And heres a q. Have you ever thought of re joining Apple , as I'm sure
Steve and you would get along great ( I wonder why ) , but As I bet when
you sit at home saying to urself What are they doing.ect, you could bring
more evolution to the company?
I'm OK. I handle things well. In the recent case, I didn't hang on the
TV. I prepared for my own class instead, and didn't bring up the topic
of the terrorism with the students. I'm sure that all the students got
lots of chance to discuss it at regular school before coming to my class.
I have thought of rejoining Apple. I'm not against it. I could only work
in a couple of situations and that is one. A big problem is with my own
competence. I've been outside for so long that if I had the opportunity
I'd have to wonder if I could function as an insider. You get a different
view from the outside, and a very real view too, but it's not the same
thing as having to deal with the realities of business.