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. (The event was famously promoted by Ridley Scott’s commercial during the Super Bowl. See below) 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. Read the New York Times obit here.

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.

Both video mentioned above appear in our Cultural Icons collection — a media collection that features great artists and thinkers speaking in their own words.

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  • Excuse me for reposting this from The Whole Earth Catalog Online: The “Bible” of Steve Jobs’ Generation comments… If it’s not acceptable please remove my post.

    Hello everyone,
    Just wanted to share my story with you..

    I’m a musician from Russia. Three months ago we recorded a song inspired by Steve Job’s commencement address at Stanford University. This song means a lot to us, it was our first song recorded and it literally made the band. And now it has much bigger meaning…

    2 weeks ago we e-mailed Steve asking to give his permission to use his words as our lyrics. But we had no answer…

    Writing the song we wanted people to be inspired by Steve’s message – follow your hearts, don’t be afraid to do things your way, keep searching and don’t settle until you find what you really love…

    Here is the song:

    Thank you if you find it interesting,

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