The Computer History Museum (CHM), the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society, today announced the launch of a new online exhibit on legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Called “Steve Jobs… First, Last, One more thing…” the exhibit traces Jobs’s life from his youth building ‘Blue Boxes’ with partner Steve Wozniak – devices that allowed its user to make free telephone calls – to head of the world’s biggest company.
The exhibit features rare footage of Jobs from 1980 speaking about the early days of Apple. “We had no idea what people would do with these things,” Jobs says in the video, describing the 1977 Apple II computer that launched Apple into a major technology company.
“In Jobs’s own words, we hear how luck as well as skill played big roles in Apple’s founding,” said Dag Spicer, CHM’s senior curator. “We also see how focused, articulate and convincing Jobs could be, even at this early stage.” Jobs, who seems to genuinely appreciate the magnitude of what Apple could be, remarks: “For some crazy reason in the universe, two people from Los Altos and Cupertino, California managed to want something that just so happened to be what about a million other people wanted.”
The new exhibit features objects from the Museum’s permanent collection, which holds over 100,000 artifacts, including 3,000 Apple-related items. The new online exhibit also features photographs of Jobs and an essay on his life. Other unique and important early Apple documents in the Museum’s permanent collection include the initial offering statement for the founding of Apple and the Macintosh business plan.
The Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, California is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images.
CHM brings computer history to life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, docent-led tours as well as physical and online exhibits. Current exhibits include “Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2,” “Mastering the Game: A History of Computer Chess,” and “An Analog Life: Remembering Jim Williams.”
The Museum’s signature exhibit on the history of computing, “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing,” opened in January 2011.