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By Steve Wozniak

“‘The Woz’ outfitted the 1st [personal computer]—by hand, via himself.”—USA Today
Before narrow laptops that healthy into briefcases, pcs gave the look of unusual merchandising machines, with cryptic switches and pages of encoded output. yet in 1977 Steve Wozniak revolutionized the pc together with his invention of the first pc. because the sole inventor of the Apple I and II desktops, Wozniak has loved wealth, repute, and the main coveted awards an engineer can obtain, and he tells his tale the following for the 1st time.

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By the age of fifteen he’d been thrown out of high school for punching the principal in the nose. For the next three years he lived off odd jobs, hopping rail cars to Chicago, then California, then back again, dabbling in moonshine, cards, and women. As he liked to tell it, he knew his way around Wichita, where both his and Toot’s families had moved by that time, and Toot doesn’t contradict him; certainly, Toot’s parents believed the stories that they’d heard about the young man and strongly disapproved of the budding courtship.

Their very image together would have been considered lurid and perverse, a handy retort to the handful of softheaded liberals who supported a civil rights agenda. Sure—but would you let your daughter marry one? The fact that my grandparents had answered yes to this question, no matter how grudgingly, remains an enduring puzzle to me. There was nothing in their background to predict such a response, no New England transcendentalists or wild-eyed socialists in their family tree. True, Kansas had fought on the Union side of the Civil War; Gramps liked to remind me that various strands of the family contained ardent abolitionists.

Gramps is probably too busy telling one of his jokes or arguing with Toot over how to cook the steaks to notice my mother reach out and squeeze the smooth, sinewy hand beside hers. Toot notices, but she’s polite enough to bite her lip and offer dessert; her instincts warn her against making a scene. When the evening is over, they’ll both remark on how intelligent the young man seems, so 18 D R E A M S F R O M M Y FAT H E R dignified, with the measured gestures, the graceful draping of one leg over another—and how about that accent!

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