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Comment From e-mail:
In the Pirates of Silicon Valley it appeared that Mike and Steve didnt get along too well.... What was their relationship in real life like??? Same question for Steve and John Sculley

WOZ:
Mike and Steve got along very well, up until Steve was demoted and the board, including Mike, supported John Sculley. They conversed well and shared similar and constructive thoughts about ways to change the world and to do important things. Mike was the portrayed in the movie in a very inaccurate and unfair way, making it look like he was financially shrewd. Actually, he was intellectually open and contributing and, more than anyone else, he ran and structured the company in the early days, while Steve floated around getting his feet wet at running a company and learning to be a top executive.

John Sculley was like Mike in the sense that Steve saw him open to great thoughts, although not as astute in our business. But John was largely Steve's shadow in areas of where we should go with products. Eventually, John was more concerned with the total company operation and keeping things going while Steve wanted to keep advancing on the future, company and profits or not, in his own internally conceived directions. Actually, John Sculley promoted technologies like AppleTalk and PowerTalk and QuickTime and PlainTalk and the Newton. He was very supportive of the rare technical geniuses in the company. He was not just a "marketeer" who dressed things up in colors. Any downfalls in the company that weren't coincidence were probably due more to his marketing mishaps (like not licensing the Macintosh technology in early days) than to hardware ones. This is only my opinion and is based largely on only a few indirect contacts.

Q From e-mail:
I'm not sure what your current relationship is to Apple Corporation, if any? I read a comment you made: "I only served at the bottom of Apple's org chart all these years."

Did you ever leave Apple? If so, why? I assume you're still a large stock-holder either way?

WOZ:
I never left Apple's official employee list, but I left direct work inside on a few occasions. After a plane crash, I took a year off to finish college and then sponsored a couple of rock concerts. I came back to Apple and worked as an engineer. Eventually I wanted the fun of the early days and left to create a universal remote control. But I always sort of represent Apple when I make appearances or give interviews.

Comment From e-mail:
Hi, I watched the TNT movie, The Pirates of Silicon Valley and I was wondering if you quit your job at Apple because of Steve's behavior during his "leadership" time at Apple, and also what computer were you designing just before you quit?

WOZ:
I never quit. I just left the direct site to develop a remote control on my own. There was a lot of mistaken publicity along the lines that I left because of things that I didn't like there and it's totally wrong.

Comment From e-mail:
Hello, I am hoping to contact Mr. Steve Wozniak.I have become interested in the history of personal computers over the last year.Did you see the TV movie PIRATES of Silicon Valley?After seeing that show, I read the book Infinite Loop, which is all about the evolution of Apple computer- very interesting story!Good thing for Steve Jobs that there was and is the WOZ!Are you interested in DVDs?Computer games?The game everyone is holding their breath for now is Quake3- Arena.The 3D videocard accelerators on the market these days are awesome.I currently have a Matrox G400 Max running on a P3-450 machine.I will probably buy an Intel Coppermine 667 next year- he he, it is the only 1990`s processor that has not ended in 0 or 6.My favorite DVD is the DTS version of Saving Private Ryan.Anyway, I was hoping that you might be an E-mail/chat pal!Please E me back!You invented super breakout for Atari!I used to love that game.The classic 1980s game I still like is Centipede.

WOZ:
Hi, this is Woz.
I'm interested in almost everything fun and technical, especially entertainment things like DVD's. I don't have time for all the great computer games but I have sons and I get to see them all. I play a few but I play those few for years and years. I'm hooked on Snood and Spades Deluxe right now. Occasionally I play Solitaire. I play a lot of Tetris on Gameboy and I play very well.

I'm glad to hear that you have such extremely good computer equipment. It's amazing how much a good graphics accelerator can add.

It's best not to get in a lot of email with me. Thousands have the idea. I get 200 emails or more a day and am totally consumed by it and I miss out on family time even. But I do like hearing about what people out there are doing and how they feel.

Comment From e-mail: Thank you so much for replying to my first email!I wanted to ask you if you have seen the movie Pirates of Silicone Valley.If so I am wondering what was the best part of the movie for you?And was there anything untrue in the movie that you would like too bring to my attention?Did Jobs really let people throw food at each other like what was shown in the bar scene of the movie were you quit Apple.Jobs was portrayed too have a rather strong personality and seemed to step on people.Well I've bothered you enough and, can't wait to tell my family that I had the opportunity to speak with you.I am glad you didn't know what your invention was going to turn into because then I would probably not be able to write you tonight....lol thanks for everything.

Woz: The personal drives portrayed in the movie were amazingly accurate. So were the key personalities, but not some others. The incidents themselves were all a best try to represent events that really occurred but they often happened much differently or at different times or with different people.

I never quit Apple. That suggestion was based on an incorrect Wall Street Journal that said I was leaving Apple because I didn't like things there. Actually, I had told the Wall Street Journal writer that I wasn't leaving Apple because of things that I didn't like and that I wasn't even leaving, keeping my small salary forever as a loyal employee. I just wanted a small startup experience and a chance to design a smaller product again, a universal remote control.

Comment From e-mail: You are one of my favorite people in entire world. After seeing Pirates of Silicon Valley, I understand the differences between you and Jobs in 80's. I m being curious about today's relationship between you and Jobs? Has Jobs changed a lot today comparing to early 80's? Like people say, "Wine gets better when it matures in time.."

Whether or not Steve has changed (I believe that he's much better than before) a person like him is needed to carry mankind ahead.

Also, Apple has made a comeback into computer industry and how do you feel about it. Standing mighty PROUD? :)


Woz: I'm very glad that Apple is the only company that can make great strides in new directions. A few, like Sony, try but they are trapped by Intel and Microsoft. I'm only proud when people have a better life because they have good computers. When the industry makes positive changes that affect individuals I'm happy.


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