The WOZPAK Special Edition – Don Williams Forward

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The WOZPAK Special Edition, first released in 2013 in Softcover and Hardcover, has been upgraded with a forward by Don Williams and some additional information on the back cover.

For those who purchased the original edition of the book, we’ve made Don Williams forward available as a high-quality PDF that can be printed and inserted in the book.  The press release follows:

woz-wozpakOriginally produced in 1978 by Val Golding and Dick Hubert of A.P.P.L.E., The WOZPAK was the first official technical resource for the Apple II computer.  The WOZPAK and its sequel, The WOZPAK II, have been out of print since 1980.

The WOZPAK Special Edition combines all of the unique materials in the WOZPAK and WOZPAK II, putting them into a single volume containing extensively restored original handwritten notes, printouts and drawings from Steve Wozniak and other contributors.  The original material was provided directly by Steve Wozniak and then Apple Computer, Inc. president Mike Scott.

There are also new introductions from computing industry legends Steve Wozniak, Randy Wigginton, Andy Hertzfeld, Robert Clardy, Keith Walls, Don Williams, and Wendell Sander who contributed to the original WOZPAK and WOZPAK II and share their thoughts of that time.


Key Features

•  First official technical manual for the Apple II, out of print since 1980, now with dramatically improved readability and new content.

•  Forwards from computing legends Steve Wozniak, Randy Wigginton, Andy Hertzfeld, Robert Clardy, Keith Walls, Don Williams, and Wendell Sander.

•  Extensively restored handwritten notes, drawings and program listings from Steve Wozniak and other computing legends.

•  Over 35 articles, programs and other items from 1977-1979 such as:  Introductions to Steve Wozniak’s hand-created Integer BASIC, 6502 Assembly language programming, high-resolution graphics, adding colors to the computer, introduction to shape tables, an early beta of character sets, and many other subjects.

•  10 pages on the Apple-1 Hex Monitor listing by Steve Wozniak.

•  350 perfect bound 8.5″ x 11″ pages.

•  Some programs in the book are available on an Apple II disk image.

•  Introduced and produced by two long-time Apple historians, Brian Wiser and Bill Martens.



The WOZPAK Special Edition: Steve Wozniak’s Apple-1 & Apple II Computers is available in Softcover and Hardcover through the Lulu bookstore.



Steve Wozniak  –  Creator of the Apple-1 and Apple II computers, co-founder of Apple, Inc.

Randy Wigginton  –  Apple Employee #6, Re-wrote BASIC for the Apple II and wrote the disk routines for Apple DOS.

Andy Hertzfeld  –  Apple programmer, Apple Employee #435, Original Macintosh Design Team Member, Designer of Google+.

Robert Clardy  –  A.P.P.L.E. member and former treasurer, Founder of Synergistic Software.

Keith Walls  –  Early Apple enthusiast and Apple intern, creator of the lower case modification for the Apple II.

Don Williams  –  early A.P.P.L.E. board member, programmer, and co-founder of The Apple Programmers and Developers Association (APDA).

Wendell Sander  –  Former Fairchild Semiconductor employee, Apple III creator, Apple Employee #16



Brian Wiser — Apple consultant, historian and archivist.  Designer, editor, and co-producer of several books including Nibble Viewpoints, The WOZPAK Special Edition, What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition, and The Colossal Computer Cartoon Book: Enhanced Edition.  Producer/Director of the documentary film Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity, Beagle Bros and Applied Engineering webmaster.  Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game Structris, and is a co-producer/writer for and Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.

Bill Martens — Apple historian and enthusiast, Programmer, President of Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) and co-producer of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine, Nibble Viewpoints, The WOZPAK Special Edition, and What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition. Bill also co-produced the retro iOS game Structris.



Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) has been a global Apple user group since 1978, with membership peaking near 50,000 in 1985.  Offering many services, A.P.P.L.E. is also a book publisher and game developer.

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About the Author

Brian Wiser

Brian is an A.P.P.L.E. Board member and Managing Editor of Call-A.P.P.L.E.. He is a producer of books, films, games, and events, as well as an Apple consultant, historian and archivist. Brian designed, edited, and co-produced dozens of books including:  "Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution," "Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software," "Synergistic Software: The Early Games," "Graphically Speaking: Enhanced Edition," "What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition," and "The WOZPAK Special Edition: Steve Wozniak’s Apple-1 & Apple II Computers."  Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game "Structris." Brian was an extra in Joss Whedon’s movie “Serenity,” leading him to being a producer/director for the documentary film “Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity.” He brought some of the Firefly cast aboard his Browncoat Cruise convention and recruited several of the Firefly cast to appear in a film for charity. Brian speaks about his adventures at conventions around the country.