35 years ago today …

35 years ago today, Apple released the first Macintosh. I was almost 21 and selling Apple products back then for a retail computer store on the south side of Milwaukee called ‘The Byte Shop.’ I was one of the first people in Milwaukee to attend Apple’s Macintosh training in Chicago (which I attended in early January 1984). Because I went to the early training, I also was one of the first people in Milwaukee to be able to buy a 128K Macintosh for a discounted price of $1,995 (retail was $2,495, if I remember correctly). It’s amazing what we can buy today for even $1,000! I’ve been a big fan of Apple since they started (and also somewhat disappointed by them many times, too). The next month, in February 1984, I drove down to New Orleans for Softcon, “the first international conference and trade fair for the software industry”. It included an Apple booth with the new Macintosh. While there I met Steve Jobs (and got his autograph) and Guy Kawasaki (Apple Marketing). I still have Steve’s autograph (and several other Apple luminaries).

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Clint Laskowski

Hello! My name is Clint Laskowski, and I'm an Information Security Professional who helps clients identify, assess, treat, and monitor risks to information and information systems. I'm also very interested in web development and the Wisconsin startup scene.