Loc: Long Beach, CA
Kate's enquiry about Apple store locations got me to thinking back several years to when I bought my first Mac in December 1983... that's right, 1983!
What happened was this: prior to it's official release in March 1984, Apple did a press blitz and had a booth at several computer fairs in December. They also "seeded" demo models at certain potentially good marketing stores... like Computerland (may it rest in peace). Apple's practice for that first release was to send three of the Lil'Guys (the 128ks) to each store they chose, and told them one was for the public to see on the floor, one was for the back room for the techs to play with, and the third was for them to take turns taking home and learning about it.
At the San Diego Computer Fair in Dec. '83, the guy demo'ing the Mac was from a small branch Computerland in one of the burbs. I expressed an immediate interest, and he said to call him on Monday morning after the fair was over, that his store didn't need all three, and he'd be glad to sell me one of their three. So, that's what happened. I got mine around mid-December. MacWord & MacPaint. That was it. Guys from the store would call me for days asking how I liked it and what I had figured out how to do.
Things got interesting when a week or so later, I went to a store nearer to me (not a "Computerland" store) that was also advertising the new toy. I needed a printer, and, yes, they had one of those first generation ink jets. "But," the salesman said, "you won't won't be able to buy the Mac to go with it until March." "Ah, but I already *have* a Mac," sez I. "Oh no, you don't! That's not possible. They won't go on sale until March. Someone has sold you a bill o'goods. You been robbed, boy!"
So I call the guy at Computerland, and he is pissed... that the competing salesman had given me that line. He called Apple right away, put me on the line with someone at Apple who assured me I had the real deal. Then Apple proceeds with a formal complaint against the competing dealer. I noticed when I went back there a few weeks later, they apparently were no longer an Apple distributor. Funny thing!
The rest is history, as they say. Along the way, I upgraded to just about every model at one time or another. And wish I had a buck for every Mac I managed to convince someone to buy.
Steve Jobs. May he live long. We know he prospered.
Loc: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
I started using the Apple//e, //c and /// when I went to collage in 1983, but it was mainly for programming. I then started using the Macintosh when it came out and almost every model that followed. Like you, MacWrite & MacPaint were my main apps and all programming was then on the IBM mainframe.
In Jan/1991, during my first visit to MacWorld Expo in San Francisco, I bought my first Macintosh Classic, a StyleWriter, and a 2400 baud modem.
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