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Meeting Steve Jobs 1976

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Apple-1 homemade in 1977 from plans by Steve Wozniak

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10 Apple-1 sold in 1976 to Germany

An entrepreneur from Germany met Steve Jobs in the famous garage in Silicon Valley 1976 after reading an article in about the Apple-1 in a plane from California to Germany. He bought 10 Apple-1. More about this remarkable story later. I stay in contact with the buyer.…


About the 'company Apple-1' - #70 in the Apple-1 Registry

Pamela Lawson, the daughter of Don Hutmacher, wrote in 2015: 'Don Hutmacher worked for Apple in their headquarters in Cupertino. He was a manufacturing engineer and worked on many projects from 1980- 1990. When Steve Jobs was let go from Apple in the mid-80's, Don was allowed by his boss to go into Steve Job's office to take anything that was left over. It had been picked clean by the time that he got there. He noticed a computer and a bag of Starbucks coffee. The computer was the Apple 1 in a custom metallic case. It bears a tag with the initials BF (Bill Fernandez), 5-APR-1977, ACM Mod., and the number 2.'

Wendell Sander added: 'Wow, I always wondered where this Apple 1 went. When I got there in August of 1977 this was the “Company Apple 1” I used it several times in 1977 and 1978 mostly to demo the Apple 1 to others, I was the Apple 1 expert because I had one, I think Bill and I were the only ones that used it. I had assumed it ended up at Stanford [1] with the other Apple stuff.
The ACM mod would have been for Mike Markulla, his initials are ACM. I am almost certain the mod is to put Basic in EPROM. I seem to remember that but Bill can probably verify if that is correct. That is a pretty special Apple 1 because it was the “official” company computer, the case is particularly impressive and the only one like it I know of. It looks like a metal version of the wood cases. Feel free to pass along these comments.'

Bill Fernandez told me on March 8, 2020: 'I don't have any pictures, or memory, of this particular computer. By this time, I would have been working in the garage for about 2 months. "ACM" most likely refers to Mike Markkula. I was probably tasked with modifying the Apple-1 in some way for Mike's use, and this was probably the second one modified in this way.'

[1] This Apple-1 was sold at auction to Paul Allen and is in his museum in Seattle, USA.


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