He was and will ever be a part of the Apple history. His contribution to Apple was the first logo and the contract. Maybe everyone would have sold all Apple shares like he did. Who could expect that this company would be successful? It was against all odds.
Many people can’t understand why you sold everything but it makes total sense. Today it is easy to say it is billions worth. But it is the same at stock market. Everyone is always smarter in hindsight. You never know if it is wise to sell or not.
Ron Wayne generously allowed me to publish his explanation (remember: for any reprint or reproduction you need the permission of Ron Wayne and the Apple-1 Registry but you can link to this story without permission):
"I worked at the Byte Shop in Fresno California from 1977 to about 1979. I was just out of high school and starting community college (studying Electronics) and this store opened up about a mile from my home by an former mainframe programmer by the name of Mike Sannis. This was the 3rd Byte Shop to open, the first in the San Francisco Bay Area and the other in southern California (at the time the owner told me it was the 3rd store, but there may have actually been the 4th). I walked in and told the owner (Mike) that I was going to work there. I worked out a trade for my first computer, which was an Imsai 8080 (not the one I’m currently selling, I’m hanging onto my first computer). Mike was terrible at soldering and had a tendency to spill coffee on everything so I assembled all the computers while Mike concentrated on selling and programming.
As far as Apple computers are concerned, one day a gentleman perhaps a couple years older than me (early 20’s) and was trying to sell a computer board based on the 6502 chip. He said he had sold some to the other Byte Shop stores. Mike had me look at it and give my opinion. He and I agreed it was an interesting hobby system, but we were already selling Intel 8080 systems, Cromemco, Imsai, Byte-8, NorthStar, and most notably the Processor Technology SOL-20 and all of the software we were developing and using was for the 8080. We thanked him (Steve Jobs?) and he went on his way."
"I'm not 100% sure it was Steve Jobs, but my recollection of him was that he was about my height (6'2"), dark hair cut a little shorter than what was typical (we tended to grow it out back then). He was wearing a white shirt and slacks and had slight body oder. He just seemed to stand out a bit, that's why I recall meeting him.".
"I have an HP65 calculator that was once owned by Steve Wozniak.
It was given to me in the late 80’s by a friend who had gotten from another friend that did a lot of work in the Bay Area. The “official story” is that Woz, at the time working for the calculator division at HP, had sold his HP65 to finance building the Apple-1. The story I heard back then was that Woz was sneaking out parts from HP and assembling the calculators and giving them to his friends. I don’t know what the truth is, but that’s the story I got with my HP65. It has S.Wozniak (and other things) scratched inside. No, I don’t want to sell it."
In 2018, I (Achim Baqué) visited Daniel Kottke and we had a wonderful talk for hours. He gave me so much information about the early days at Apple. We talked about the making of the Apple-1, the McIntosh, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. Daniel is a great guy. Here is an interesting fact about the Apple-1:
Some sources claim that Daniel Kottke and Patty added all the chips to the Apple-1 boards and Woz tested and fixed problems. According to Daniel Kottke, Woz showed up maybe just once a week because he was busy with other projects and still working at HP. It was Daniel Kottke testing and fixing minor problems. When Kottke started to adding chips to the Apple-1 Patty was sitting in front of a TV and already doing the job. Steve Jobs had a stack of Apple-1 under his arm. Daniel don’t know how many Apple-1 were assembled when he started to do this job. He equipped most of the Apple-1 with all the chips.
Nice side story: I visited John Blankenbaker as well to get the prototype Kenbak-1 signed. He plugged the Kenbak-1 into the wall socket, before I could say ‘wait, shouldn’t we check the components first?’. switched it on, started to program it. The Kenbak-1 instantly worked and I got it on video!