The Mac plus 35 Years

This morning, I saw a post from Tim Cook which caused me to take pause of what I was doing and reminisce a bit. 35 years ago, I was a young computer lab technician working in the college computer lab, supporting 100 Apple II systems on a Corvus Network.

We began receiving new computers in a trickle so that the college could determine which computer they would be purchasing next to replace the aging Apple II and II plus systems. The Mac 128 showed up one day and I suddenly felt better about what the publishing industry would look like in the future.

Now suddenly the word WYSIWYG began to have new meaning and with the printers we had attached to our Mac 128, printing my first computer book was a fresh bit of coolness. I produced two books in fairly short order which were programming instruction books and although they never went to a publisher, I was quite pleased with the fact that I could in fact produce things which were not only informative but also were visually pleasing.

Although this was not the beginning of my computing career, 1984 was a very good year and thus a fond look back is not a bad thing.

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Bill Martens

A.P.P.L.E. Chairman of the Board and Club president -- Bill worked for the founder, Val J. Golding and A.P.P.L.E. from 1981 to 1982. In 1999, he began archiving the materials which were distributed and sold by A.P.P.L.E.. That project led to the group that remained of A.P.P.L.E. Bill was involved in the financial industry in Tokyo and has over 20 major office infrastructure projects to his name. In March 2001, he retired to write books and to spend more time pursuing personal interests. As the president of the users group, Bill is in charge of distribution of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine as well as the organization of this web site. Bill currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and Shelton, Wa splitting time between the places.