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'Huston brothers 1' Apple-1 - number 21 in the Registry

1 pictures published.

Version

1st batch

Handwritten number, stamp, label

Stamps "7" and "L", backside unknown

Location

USA

Verification

Existence verified. Auction.

Owner

Lonnie Mimms

Website(s)

eBay auction 2010


Description

Statement of authenticity, signed by Steve Wozniak.Wendell Sander, who has inspected a number of existing Apple 1s, proclaimed it the most pristine he'd seen.


History

Owned by the brothers Dick and Cliff Huston. More about the history is the same as #85 in the Apple-1 Registry.
Grabbed off trade-in scrap heap from Job's office. Huston board was a trad-in. Brothers had 2, this is the one sold in ebay auction 160413355114 for $ 42,766 in March 24, 2010 from someone in Saratoga, California, USA. 2 bidders.
Lonnie Mimms (Computer Museum of America) bought it for his collection. He bought the Apple disk drive #00001 and more items from the same seller as well.


Auctioned

Mar. 2010


Components

White ceramic MOS CPU, plastic AMI PIA, 4 KB plastic RAM. Blue capacitors.


Equipment

Original Apple Cassette Interface. 6 cassettes (Monitor/Disassembler, Integer Basic, AppleTrek, Hamurabi, Maze Creator, and Blackjack). Keyboard. RF Modulator.


State

Added wires on the front. Repaired traces on the back. LM323 replaced.


Stories

According to auction:
The founders of Apple knew that one of the keys to long term success was Customer Support. In the beginning that meant Steve Wozniak took customer phone calls to help in any way he could with the Apple 1. With the launch of the Apple II, everyone in engineering (and some of the production line technicians) took calls... but most Apple 1 questions still had to be taken by Woz. It was decided that to best support the Apple 1 owners the easiest thing to do was convert them to Apple II owners. Apple offered a trade-in deal to Apple 1 owners: trade in the Apple 1 for an Apple II (by late 1978 the offer also included a Disk Drive!). Most were traded in. This freed Woz from phone duties, rewarded early Apple adopters with a more capable computer, and allowed Apple to fulfill its commitment to great Customer Service.

Cliff dropped into Steve Jobs' office one day and couldn't help but notice the huge pile of Apple 1 boards - those that had been traded-in for the Apple II. "What are you going to do with those?", Cliff asked. Steve told him that they were to be destroyed. "Mind if I take one...
Oh! And one for my brother?", Cliff asked. Steve reached into the pile and pulled out two boards and handed them to Cliff. Many people around Apple were amused and asked, "Why would you want one of those?" "It's history," was the reply, "just history."

Though hundreds of Apple 1 computers were sold, the trade-in deal reduced the population to the few that exist today. This is one that that got a last minute reprieve from the band-saw death pile!


Last update

Oct 31, 2019


Change log (since March 20, 2018)

Dec 07, 2018: Auctions added
May 27, 2019: Number/Sticker/Stamp info
Jun 24, 2019: History
Jul 12, 2019: Auctions. History
Oct 31, 2019: History
Oct 31, 2019: Name
Oct 31, 2019: Owner added


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