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Comment From e-mail:
We pooled all of our resources and bought one of the first Apple G. S's to hit the stores up here in Alaska.

On the front of it is a strange signature, "WOZ". I have never seen another G. S. that had been signed in this manner. Did you per chance sign the front of any of the early ones as a lark? If you did perhaps you would be interested to know this particular model ended up in Anchorage Alaska and brought our whole family into the world of technology and I still dearly love the little fellow and keep him in a place of honor in our library. (Of course both he and I are retired now but he's still good for a fast chess game now and then with my grand-kids and I.

Thanks for the opportunity to inquire about my little guy,

When Apple asked me for a signature for a special limited edition of the Apple ][gs I figured that it was for a few hundred computers. But they made 50,000 with the signature.

Occasionally I'm asked to sign, with a Sharpie pen, one of these or one of the ones without the "Woz" signature.

Thanks for letting me know of your ruspect for your little fellow.

Comment From e-mail:
Hey Woz, my names Brian Dressel I'm from Minneapolis Minnesota I just wanted to thank you so much for the kick ass computer you people designed called the Apple 2, In so many ways I still enjoy that better than any IBM game out there.

I fell in love with games like Sherlock Holmes Another Bow, Wings of Fury etc etc :)

Thanks for all the fun you provided with that great computer :)
Brian D

Good to hear from you. I think that all interesting people fell in love with computer games. Just my 2...

Comment From e-mail: Woz
I read the book West of Eden. My son has been a ardent follower of your cause for a long time. I'm 53, disabled, and looking for a midlife career change. The only friends I have is my wife, my dog, Georgia Tech, and my Computer. Would you chat with me about exploring different avenues open to people in this situation? Maybe we could start a Old Fart's School. Any help and counciling that you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

I wish that I had the least bit to contribute to your suggestion, but I'm barely able to keep up with just my heavy email load. It does seem to me that community colleges have done a good job over our lifetimes of making education available to us older folks...although I've only taken advantage of it for leisure, like learning other languages.

Comment From e-mail: Good morning!
I have been trying to reach someone to secure an interview with Mr. Wozniak. Would you be able to forward this email to the appropriate person?

I'm the appropriate person, but I'm warning you in advance that I'm a real busy person with this sort of thing and much more...

Comment From e-mail:
Dear Woz,
Wow! I stumbled onto your site when doing a search about Apple things, but am I glad I did! I've done a LOT of studying about the history of Apple (I read the book "On The Firing Line" by Gil Amelio, watched "Pirates of Silicon Valley" and even saw a few documentaries about Apple) And YOU are the man that made it happen.

Anyway, I take it from your "comments" section that you're a Hypercard fan. Well, hey, so am I! I think it's a wonderful tool to work with... except for one lil nagging thing. Color. The Color Tools stack simply doesn't work well with manipulating buttons and icons and things..

I assume that you've got your
own solution to that since you're a genius..

I have no solution. Apple does have a color kit that can do a little but it's hard to use. I've had my own students use it for games.

Bill Atkinson developed hypercard for Apple, and they didn't even know that he's color blind.

Comment From e-mail:
Knowing your time is at a premium, any feedback you might supply to the following questions will be greatly appreciated.

I'm writing a story about the rise of the computer industry for our millennium series ( http://www.usatoday.com/2000/2000.htm ), and was hoping you could answer two questions.

1) Is there any other field that would've allowed a company as imaginative as Apple to thrive? Why or why not?

2) Did you experience a David vs. Goliath-type triumph over some of the larger computer companies when your Apple computers began to take off?

Thank you for your time, and great site by the way. (We check out the WozCam a few times a week.)

I think that a company as imaginative as Apple, coming from youngsters and not established companies, could only be started in a very rapidly and unexpectedly growing field. Of course this happens once in a while, maybe once in a decade. Surely early times of the steel industry and railroads must have been like this. Not to mention the gold rushes, and in more recent times, the internet and it's many facets.

When we started Apple, the Goliaths didn't think that the industry was worth much or going far. So there was really no triumph. Our first competition was with Radio Shack and Commodore, and we did feel a great triumph over them because their products were so much less than ours. But IBM was a bit tougher, even after we had the majority of the market.

Comment From e-mail:
My name is Lisa L. I am interestd in setting up a computer program in West Virginia like the one Mr. Wozniak has set up for the Los Gatos schools. I have the funding to buy the computers, but I was wondering if it would be possible to sit in on some of the classes so I can see how it's being done here.

I am a tech support engineer for Calico Commerce, and have recently graduated from Cornell University.

It is possible to sit in on some classes. My current class is on hold until January due to one son's wrestling schedule. I'm doing less of the teaching than ever before this year because I'm so busy. But I direct the program content and teach some subjects.

The current class is not my starter class, which I think relates more to other schools. This is an advanced class. We touch on semi-professional uses of the computer and much greater skill than in just a 1-year (200 hour) course.

Comment From e-mail:
How do I contact Woz or his school? I would like to find out about elementart school curriculum.

Sorry, but I'm totally overloaded with email every day. My own computer classes take students from the local schools, including the local elementary school, but I have a very different curriculum than is appropriate for almost any other school. I buy totally new equipment and software to help my class run smoothly each year, without constant problems or excess work to take a wider range of equipment and needs into account.


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