RIP Steve Jobs

The world mourns the loss of a visionary. There are so many of us that have stories to share of how Apple changed our lives. Here’s mine.

My father introduced me to Apple products back in the mid-70’s. He knew this was something remarkable and wanted us to be a part of it. Computers were pretty expensive back then, for a middle class working family. In fact, the Apple I went on sale in July 1976 and was market-priced at $666.66 (Steve Jobs sense of humor?). That’s about $2,572 in 2011 dollars.

When Apple went public Dad said we needed to buy shares. At $29.00 per share, the best I could do was 10 shares. Dad said to hang on to them, they would increase in value.

In 1986 we got a new computer. This time the Apple II GS. For it’s day, it totally rocked.

Apple II GS

Gathering Dust But Just Can't Part With It

Unfortunately, this would be the last Apple computer I owned for a long time. The times were changing, Apple wasn’t really developing the business applications like Microsoft was. And in those days, business was my focus.

Still that is when computers changed my life forever, and it was all because of Steve Jobs, Apple, and my dad of course. A visionary in his own right.