One Apple II Owner’s Story

Ray Thompson of Dallas, Texas, was involved with the formation of one of the earliest Apple User Groups. He has made a video telling his personal story, clips from historical interviews with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and the formation and development of the club. He has a unique point of view, having purchased one of the earliest 4K Apple II computers that Apple sold, and so his personal knowledge extends back to the very beginning of the Apple Era. He also gives the classic example of people who had experience with using mainframe computers, and who, when first viewing the Apple II at a store, assumed that it was simply a terminal connected to a “real” computer in the back room.

“My Personal History of the Apple Corps of Dallas, Recalling the Early Days of Personal Computing” from Ray Thompson on Vimeo.

2 Comments on “One Apple II Owner’s Story

  1. I had the privilege of watching the debut of this video at Apple Corps Dallas last Saturday, September 11, 2010. Ray created an incredible piece of Apple history. This needs to be shared with the world!

  2. It was a great pleasure to attend the 400th meeting of the Apple Corps of Dallas. Watching Ray’s presentation brought back fond memories of the beginnings of the group, and it was wonderful to see the same spirit of inquiry and sharing at the meeting as was there in the early days.

    Tremendous presentation, Ray! I’ll add the link to my material when I cover the history of computing in my computer science classes.


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