On behalf of BYTE, Happy Birthday, Steve Wozniak! Steve turns 61 August 11. Hope you have a great onel, Uncle Steve.
It's hard to imagine a personal computer industry without Steve Wozniak as its first true game-changing inventor. As original co-founder with Steve Jobs of Apple, Wozniak single-handledly invented the Apple I and Apple II. Those clean, elegant and ingenious designs inspired generations of engineers to come. (If you've one, leave a message for him below. I know he'd love to hear from you).
Steve is great. Brilliant, but not presumptious. A funny, nicer, more honest and humble guy you will never find. On that note, thanks for everything and, again, happy 61st birthday, from BYTE!
BYTE Disclosure: The book I wrote with Steve Wozniak, iWoz is available -- in stores and online. I do profit from sales..
Wow. Love this video. Listen to what legendary Apple Mac UI designer Andy Hertzfeld says about Woz in his intro recounting Steve Wozniak's s effect on Hertzfeld's design philosophy.
Check out this 1984 video of Wozniak. It just captures him at a great time in Apple's history.
Steve's friend, Dan Sokol, took this next pic of Steve one day at a BBQ pit in Los Gatos, CA, during one of our countless, smoky interviews there. Thanks, Dan. Dan was a huge help on the book. And he provided lots of the old pics!
Here's a pic of Steve and me, taken the year iWOZ came out and became a New York Times bestseller. You don't have to read it the book. But do say Happy Birthday, Steve. Enjoy your moments in the sun. You deserve them.
Photocredit: Carter Dow.
So few humans have contributed so much -- and are nice guys doing it : ) -- We love ya! Have a great one, Steve and family.
Based in San Francisco, Gina Smith is editor-in-chief of BYTE. With Steve Wozniak, she cowrote the NYT best-seller iWOZ. Follow her @ginasmith888 or email her Gina@ BYTE.com