Steve Jobs Demos the First Macintosh in 1984

We originally posted this video back in 2009, and it seems like the right time to bring it back. It captures the first of many times that Steve Jobs thrilled audiences with the promise of what technology could deliver. The video takes you back to January 1984, when Jobs demoed the first Macintosh. A young Jobs, sporting a bow tie and a fuller head of hair, could barely hold back his smile and some tears, and the crowd simply couldn’t contain its enthusiasm, giving Jobs a five-minute standing ovation. That’s where the video ends, fading happily and suitably to black. We’ll miss you Steve.

For another great Steve Jobs moment, don’t miss his inspiring Stanford 2005 graduation talk where he discussed his approach to living and urged the young graduates to “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.” So far as commencement speeches go, it’s hard to beat this one.

 



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  • Rob

    Awesome, awesome stuff. Great showmanship. He let the product be the star. And the crowd was better than an Oprah studio audience.

  • http://OpenCulture mike gibbowr

    Now that brought back some fond memories… when I was fortunate enough to have worked with some outstanding Talents developing Educational Software for Apple. It was a time when anything was possible… at least that’s how it felt for all of us under contract with Random House’s Landmark Software. Chuck Carlson, Landmarks Fearless Publisher and Cathy Leeds… The Most Talented Art Director I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with, achieved what few would dare back then… and made working with Landmark Software a place in time to Remember…. The MAC sure has come a long way since then…. Many thanks to Apple for keeping it simple… and Living The Dream…

    The Dreamer
    Copyright 1994 Michael Gibbowr

    Those who Dream by night
    Wipe the slumber from their eyes
    Then pick up the routine
    Of their daily lives
    But those who Dream by day
    They’re a different breed
    You know them by their speech
    And get inspired by their deeds

    ‘Cause it’s the Dreamer
    Who makes this world a better place
    And it’s the Dreamer
    Who really sets the pace
    Doing things that ain’t been done before
    Never settling for second best
    Always striving for more

    From the incandescent light
    To the first manned flight
    The telephone to the Model – T
    It’s the Dreamer who’s made history
    Simple folks just like you and me
    Who dared to pay the price
    To make their Dreams reality

    So never fear your fear
    Always embrace your pain
    Know that should you falter
    In it there’s no shame
    ‘Cause when you do the deed
    That you’ve been Dreaming of
    You’re no longer average
    You’re a cut above

    Yes, it’s the Dreamer
    Who makes this world a better place
    And it’s the Dreamer
    Who really sets the pace
    Doing things that ain’t been done before
    Never settling for second best
    Always striving for more
    So don’t you settle for second best
    Life offers so much more
    ~

  • Victoria

    The Woz forever! Egomaniacs have their own reward.

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