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Steve Wozniak, Inventor of the Apple Computer Hardcover – January 1, 1994
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up-The story of the whiz kid of the Silicon Valley who built a computer when he was 11 and developed the revolutionary Apple just 15 years later. Today, the man is a multimillionaire, volunteer computer teacher, and doting father. This biography, written with the cooperation of Wozniak and family, paints a positive picture of the electronics genius, although unflattering characteristics surface from time to time. A self-proclaimed "computer nerd," the subject spiced up his school days by plotting and executing electronics-related practical jokes. He set off fire alarms by remote control and created a bomb scare, for which he landed in jail; his pranks, some illegal or nearly so, continue to this day. Paralleling this personal profile is the phenomenal history of the Apple Computer Company. Smooth writing, a wealth of anecdotes, and illuminating quotes add to the success of the portrait. Average-quality black-and-white photographs appear throughout. A lengthy glossary offers aid to readers lacking computer savvy. Since this is the age of the ubiquitous Apple, Wozniak's story will find an audience.
Pat Katka, San Diego Public Library
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 6-9. Kendall's entertaining biography of Steve Wozniak, the eccentric genius who revolutionized personal computing, is sure to fascinate readers. It is obvious that Kendall admires Wozniak's expertise and accomplishments, and her amusement at his antics and pranks definitely creeps into her writing. She provides detailed information about his early years, his collaboration with Steve Jobs and the creation of the first Apple computers in Jobs' garage, Wozniak's decision to "retire" from Apple, his philanthropy, and his many hobbies. The book is filled with anecdotes that paint a vivid portrait of an extraordinarily gifted but nerdy boy-genius who may never really grow up. Black-and-white photographs illustrate the volume, which also contains a glossary. Chris Sherman
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What grabbed me most was the man behind the story. You can't help but love the guy. As well as being a genius he emerges as truly great human being with all the best qualities that we can aspire to as individuals (among which I rank warmth, generosity, kindness, consideration and caring).
I liked this book so much I bought 3 copies, one for each of my kids.
Woz, I thank you.
The real bonus is that I purchased a used copy of this book. And it was actually a signed copy by Woz himself. Can you believe it?
I became an APPLE FREAK in 1984 when I purchased my first Macintosh to lay-out my Silicon Valley Union newspaper. That little machine (with the 10-inch screen) saved me $1500 monthly in lay-out fees (with the help of PageMaker) ... and that ain't "chicken feed." Thanks, Apple!
That's a long time ago and since then I've gone through the Liisa, the Classic, the Quadra, and am currently using an iMac. I've written eight books with the help of Mac, two in print, one due out in November, 2005. Thanks, Steves!
But as great as I think the computers are, the men behind them are even greater. I don't know Jobs, but I've met The Woz on several occasions and he is not only the brains behind Apple, he's a "genuinely good, caring man." Ask anyone in the Valley about him. As one little example, he unselfishly allowed me to use him as a character in my kids book, THE TOONIES INVADE SILICON VALLEY, and it's a riot to read about him romping around with cartoon characters and real kids trying to save the world from the "bad" Toonies. That's just one example of his generosity; he has contributed to many charitable and educational institutions in Silicon Valley and beyond. Thanks, Woz!
One other thing I admire about Steve Wozniak is that he has always loved to tell jokes (and, YES, to pull practical jokes on people too). I've been trying to locate a joke book he wrote years ago. Go, Woz!
To learn about this remarkable man, from age 11 when he built his first computer, read this book. It's an interesting, informative reading pleasure.