This article is part of a CNET special report on the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh, looking at the beginnings of Apple's landmark machine and its impact during the past three decades.
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- For the people who created the Macintosh, it was the proverbial labor of love.
On Saturday evening, the original Macintosh development team came together to celebrate the machine it had created three decades earlier -- a product that had paved the way for hits to come, including the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.
Looking back fondly on the process, the team said creating the product was not about the money. "If Steve said, 'How about you guys don't get paid?' said Rod Holt, Apple's original hardware guru, and one of the company's first 10 employees. "We would have still had a group."
"But there would have been a lot of grumbling," he added, laughing.
Steve Hayden, who conceived of Apple's famous Ridley Scott-directed "1984" commercial, was on hand to provide insight about the now iconic TV spot. He mentioned Jobs' original mandate to him for the commercial: "Stop the world in its tracks." No easy task, but after Jobs saw the rough cut of the spot, "Steve could barely contain himself," Hayden recalled.
Mike Markkula, who provided the first funding for Apple and served as chairman of the board for 12 years, was given special recognition and a trophy during the event.
Tributes have been pouring in all week, reveling in the machine's history and its role in bringing computing to the masses. (Check out CNET's special report on the anniversary.)
Apple bigwigs -- SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller, software engineering chief Craig Federighi, and vice president of software technology Bud Tribble -- gave a rare interview to CNET -- reflecting on the Mac's role in today's Apple. Journalist Steven Levy, who moderated a panel on Saturday, wrote about his coverage of the original event, as a writer for Rolling Stone. Current Apple CEO Tim Cook granted an exclusive interview with ABC News looking back at the machine. Apple also overhauled its homepage with a tribute to the Mac and put out a video celebrating the anniversary.