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Ronald G. Wayne

Ron Wayne 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):



Meeting Steve Jobs 1976

By early Byte Shop employee Clay Archer with kind 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.".


Steve Wozniak's calculator

With kind permission of the owner (he is known to the Apple-1 Registry but name is hidden to protect 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."



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