Feb. 1985: Playboy interview
A year after the introduction of the Macintosh and on the cusp of his 30th birthday, Jobs was the subject of a long, wide-ranging interview in Playboy. "He is on a mission," the magazine writes, "preaching the Gospel of salvation through the personal computer--preferably one manufactured by Apple. He is an engaging pitchman and never loses an opportunity to sell his products, eloquently describing a time when computers will be as common as kitchen appliances and as revolutionary in their impact as the telephone or the internal-combustion engine."
That vision of a better tomorrow had its roots in a simpler, boyish yearning.
PLAYBOY: What was your introduction to computers?
JOBS: ... The first computer I ever saw was at Hewlett-Packard. They used to invite maybe 10 of us down every Tuesday night and give us lectures and let us work with a computer. I was maybe 12 the first time. I remember the night. They showed us one of their new desktop computers and let us play on it. I wanted one badly.
PLAYBOY: What was it about it that interested you? Did you have a sense of its potential?
JOBS: It wasn't anything like that. I just thought they were neat. I just wanted to mess around with one.
October 5, 2011 5:02 PM PDT
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