On January 24, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like “1984” (final tagline from Apple’s commercial for the Mac on January 24, 1984)
The Apple Macintosh was introduced 25 years ago today during Super Bowl XVIII. I remember watching the famous commercial during the game and quite frankly, I didn’t get it. Several months later, I actually got a Macintosh to ‘play’ with at work. I was working at Peat Marwick (now KPMG) as an auditor at the time, and Peat Marwick decided to use the new technology of personal computers in our audit process. I was lucky enough to be one of the chosen few to first learn about the Macintosh and then to use the Macintosh on an audit. I fondly remember the beautiful music that accompanied the Mac’s training exercises and how cool it was to see a graphical user interface. It was sort of portable too and everything fit neatly into a luggable padded grey bag.
Both the Mac and I have changed a bit over the years – and I feel that both of us have weathered the quarter century quite well.
So Happy Birthday Mac and here’s a look back at your beginnings:
If you’re inclined, here are a couple of other links to check out:
- History of the Apple Macintosh
- Macintosh on Wikipedia
- Remembering the ‘1984’ Super Bowl by Caroline McCarthy in CNET
So who won the Super Bowl that day? The Los Angeles Raiders humilated the Washington Redskins 38-9.