The basic story is this: Woz offers the very beginning of the microcomputer revolution to HP in the Apple 1. HP declines. Woz leaves with Steve Jobs to found Apple. Apple is a titan. HP is slowly sinking.
As with most things, the story is a lot more complicated. You may even know about some of those complications. Do you know HP’s side?
If you follow my Twitter account (@retroreadspod), then you may have seen a tweet in which I mentioned that I recently hired a narration and voiceover coach.
While meeting with him on May 13, 2019, I mentioned that I had put together an audio presentation about KansasFest, the Apple II convention. When I mentioned the Apple II, his eyes lit up. He started in voiceover and music composition in the early 1970s and purchased an Apple //e at release (1983). He bought it for a certain product, alphaSyntauri. It was a combination hardware/software product that allowed composers to create complex musical arrangements using a synthesizer keyboard, and an Apple II.
My coach, James Conlan, sent me one of his compositions, one he described as “one of my favorites.” Since the next episode is an excerpt from a book chronicling HP history and Steve Wozniak’s association with same, I thought this might be a nice aside for podcast listeners.