Overview – User Group, News, Magazines, Books, Apps, and Sites

Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) was one of the first official Apple User Groups in the United States.  Founded in 1978 by Val J. Golding, A.P.P.L.E. grew quickly and membership peaked to almost 50,000 global members by 1985.  Since many of our members have been Apple users since the first machines were produced, we have one of the most knowledgeable groups in the world.  Member benefits:  www.callapple.org/members

A.P.P.L.E. is also resource for news about retro and modern Apple products and other technologies at:  www.callapple.org

Call-A.P.P.L.E. is the name of our magazine that also started in 1978 and ran through 1990.  We restarted Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine in 2002 and continue publishing the magazine as a PDF to our paid members:  www.callapple.org/magazines


A.P.P.L.E. is also a book publisher. In 2013, The WOZPAK Special Edition was released containing Steve Wozniak’s restored hand-written notes and printouts about his Apple II computer, as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends.  We actively publish several retro books a year and recently released:  Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution, What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition, and The Colossal Computer Cartoon Book: Enhanced Edition, among others.  All of our books are listed at:  www.callapple.org/books


As a game publisher, we released a retro block game called Structris that was originally programmed on an Apple II and enhanced for iOS.  We also publish other websites.  AppleArchives.com hosts a variety of other content we’ve produced about early computer companies like Beagle Bros, Applied Engineering, MECC, and also links to resources around the Internet.  VirtualApple.org online since 2003 will run Apple II software in a Web browser.


Early A.P.P.L.E. History

A.P.P.L.E. was initially established in 1978 by Val J. Golding. The company provided software, hardware and support services for the Apple world until 1990 when due to several problems the company reorganized into a users group once again. From 1990 to 2001, the group existed as a users group only providing support to local northwest computer users.

In 1999, Bill Martens began to look into the possibility of preserving the information associated with the company and in contacting many of the former writers, board members and staff, found that there was an interest in preserving and rebuilding the company. Thus in February 2002, this effort began in earnest with the latest issue of the magazine being prepared for release even as this is written.  However, this could not have been achieved without the help of Don Williams, Rick Sutcliffe, and Norman Dodge.  Read more about our history:  www.callapple.org/about/history


A.P.P.L.E. Today

A.P.P.L.E. is an all volunteer Apple / Macintosh users group. None of the members of the board or of the staff are paid and are dedicating their time to this project for the love of the computer world.

The purpose of the group is to provide information, software, hardware, documentation, and support to all levels of users regardless of the Apple computer that they are using. For those members who wish to support our efforts can check the section below on volunteering. We always encourage the enhancement of the “user helping user” concept and continue to believe that this is the best way for those who need help to gain the assistance they need.


Call-A.P.P.L.E. Magazine

Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine was started with a single one page flyer in 1978 by Val J. Golding and eventually grew to a 60-80 page glossy. The magazine was produced on a monthly basis and was once the cornerstone of many peoples experience with the Apple II series computers.

Once again we have revived the magazine. In the new magazine you will find articles on programming, news, reviews, and  and interviews. While we know that the magazine was once one of the largest distribution magazines in the world, we are not resting on our laurels. We provide content which is fresh, informative and useful to our readers.  Read more about Call-AP.P.L.E. magazine: www.callapple.org/magazines



If you would like to help A.P.P.L.E., you can volunteer in one of several areas. We are always looking for people who would like to write and article for our magazine or persons with content that they would like to share with the Apple community. You can volunteer by emailing submissions@callapple.org. Please include the area or speciality you are volunteering for and your full contact information.  Read more about article submissions: www.callapple.org/contact



We have gathered information and materials here which we have produced from the 1970’s to present day.  All of the information in this web site is open to the public but copyrights remain with the group.

If you would like to help with this project or have materials that are relevant to the project, we definitely appreciate any and all help and information.  If you are a former employee of A.P.P.L.E. and would like to have your picture and profile included in the who’s who directory, please feel free to send us a picture of yourself and a short paragraph about what you did at A.P.P.L.E. and the time frame you worked for the company.

To donate materials please email webmaster@callapple.org. All emails will be answered at the soonest possible moment.  Read more about donations: www.callapple.org/about/donations


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