Apple's First Marriage of Technology And Music – 9/3/1982

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On September 3rd of 1982, the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, ran the first of two U.S. Festivals, which celebrated evolving technologies and featured all the best performers of the day. He must have already been a very wealthy guy to be able to do this. Performers at the event included The Police, Pat Benatar, The Ramones, The B-52s, Talking Heads, The Kinks, Tom Petty, The Grateful Dead, and Fleetwood Mac, among others. This musical event was billed as the “biggest thing since Woodstock.” 

Wozniak staged the concert over the course of three days in the mountains of San Bernardino County, where temperatures frequently exceeded 100 degrees. The stifling heat was combated with free spray water bottles, a half-acre of free showers, and tanker trucks roaming around with water cannons attached. Also, behind the stage were a number of air conditioned tents that held the U.S. Festival Technology Exposition. Concertgoers were tempted to go in, as the five tents were the only place on the property that had air conditioning.

Inside the tents were some of the latest, newest, high tech inventions. But the Apple Macintosh (Mac) computer was not one of them, as it was still about a year and a half away from being built. Soon enough, it would be developed by Wozniak's co-founder, Steve Jobs. The original macintosh computer would make its debut on January 10th of 1984.

However, as of the date of the U.S. Festival, the laptop computers and handheld devices we take for granted today had not yet been invented. Instead, the exposition featured mostly movie memorabilia and arcade games. They also had Apple 1 and Apple 2 desktop computers, plus “games of the century” for the home, which were compatible with the Atari Video Computer System and the now vintage Sears Tele-Games Machine.

Steve Wozniak was born in San Jose in 1950. He is an electronics engineer and computer programmer known primarily for developing Apple computers, and as the co-founder of Apple, Inc. In 1969, he was expelled from the University of Colorado in Boulder for hacking the school computers. He returned to the Bay Area and ended up at UC Berkeley in 1971. He first met Steve Jobs in 1971, while still in UC Berkeley. Then Wozniak worked for ten years at Hewlett Packard. 

On June 29th of 1975, Wozniak tested his first working prototype. It was the first time a character displayed on a TV screen was generated by a home computer. In 1976, Wozniak developed the computer that made him famous, designing the hardware, circuit boards, and operating system for Apple 1, a hobbyist machine. Then Wozniak designed the Apple 2, which, among other things, brought color images to the screen. He is the sole inventor of four Apple patents. Along with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak is a pioneer of the personal computer (PC) revolution.

The net worth of Steve Wozniak is estimated at about 100 million dollars. Wozniak has been married four times and has five children.

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