William remembers - "Back in the mid 70's, many of us in the Berkeley Computer Club
would carpool and drive down to the regular meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club at the
Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) Auditorium. The lobby would sometimes have commercial
(e.g. Cromemco Dazzler), hobby (someone's KIM-1 or Altair 8800), or garage shop (Woz's cherrywood
box Apple 1) machine. "Random Access" period with Lee Felsenstien wielding a stick to direct
or to call to order, with Adam Osbourne in the back of the room with his perpetual box of books
(I bought one!). Sometimes a presentation as well.
"Saw the first glimmers of Apple then. Wozniac set up on a folding table near the right side
entrance to the auditorium before Random Access period. During the program, I watched as he
entered a line of hex through the keyboard from a paper printout, pausing on every line to
run a checksum, then move a ruler down a line. He did this for 6-10 pages, loading an integer basic interpreter in via the
ROM monitor. Apparrently, he either couldn't afford a audio tape player, or didn't have the
"People came out of the auditorium after the program and started speaking with him,
and he explained what the computer could do, showing examples. Steve Jobs would be off to
the side, back against the wall with a leg cocked out, sizing up the marks as if at
a carny. Some would drift off from Wozniac to encounter Jobs, sometimes exchanging
contact information shortly then leaving."
January 27, 2005. William Commentary - Silicon Valley's roots on Digging Silicon Valley's roots: some Homebrew Computer Club & other newsletters online… Silicon Valley's Memory Lane, Doug Millison, SiliconValleyWatcher.
Homebrew Computer Club on the Wikipedia site