I've been enjoying all the memories of the Mac that have been everywhere this week as we reach the 40th birthday of Macintosh. My favourite story was sent out only via email from the Steve Jobs Archive, but there have been stories and videos everywhere.

I've written about the first Mac I ever purchased before, but never about the first one I ever used. I can't remember the year exactly, but if I had to guess, it was either 1990 or 1991, and I would have been 16 or 17. I grew up in Poynton, and getting access to a Mac there in 1990 was probably a little harder than in California. However, my school did have one.

It was kept on a wheely trolley locked in a storage cupboard in one of the teacher's offices, and I'm not sure I ever knew its official purpose. I'm quite sure I never saw it used in any lessons. It did get occasional outings to the school "Computer Club", held once a week after lessons finished. Through that club and persuading the teacher that I wouldn't break it, I was granted occasional time after school alone with that Mac, and I remember being amazed by it. I don't have strong memories of exactly what I did with it, but I remember one app vividly. Aldus PageMaker. Microsoft had released Windows 3.0 by 1990, so I might have already seen a windowing operating system, but I had certainly never seen anything like PageMaker! Fonts! Drawing shapes! Flowing text from one text area to another! Dragging and dropping objects on a page! What would they think of next? 😍

I had one other close encounter with Macs a couple of years later when looking for a summer job when I was back home after my first year at university. I applied for a job with a small company in my home town. I walked over and found a few people working away writing software for Macs. I think I blew the interview, but I remember not being too worried about it as I walked home, as I wanted to work with Windows at the time. 🫣

My university had no Mac computers or at least none available to students, so my next proper experience with the platform was buying my first Mac in 2006. I sometimes wonder how different my career would have been if I had worked in that summer job and learned how to code Mac apps in the early 90s, though. 🤔

Dave Verwer  






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And finally...

Steve Jobs showing Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf how to use a Macintosh Computer at Sean Lennon (son of John & Yoko)'s 9th birthday party in 1984.

If that sentence doesn’t make you want to see the pictures, I don’t know what to say to you. 😍