Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer with the late Steve Jobs, is speaking at a free event in Akron on Oct. 21, 2013, according to an announcement in CrainsCleveland.com today, Sept. 4. Tickets are required and can be picked up in person at the box office of E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street, Akron, or ordered by phone at (330) 972-7570 for a $5.00 charge per ticket. There's no website for ordering these tickets.
Wozniak, nicknamed Woz, is famous and popular so he's sure to draw a big crowd in Akron. He's covered favorably in Fred Isaacson's authorized bio of Jobs and he comes across as a nice guy in the movies and stories about Steve Jobs and Apple. In recent years Woz appeared on television's "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Big Bang Theory."
Wozniak is the engineer who built the first Apple computer. He, Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, finance manager, started Apple Computer in 1976. Wayne sold his shares in favor of a salary shortly after they formed the company. Wozniak and Jobs went on to become very successful. Woz is still an Apple employee though not involved on a full time basis now.
In addition to his famous work at Apple, Wozniak has had a number of successful ventures and adventures over the years including working on the first programmable universal remote control. He's well known for his philanthropic achievements. He's written a best-selling autobiography, "iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon." He has taught students from fifth through ninth grade and also taught teachers. He's been Chief Scientist for data storage company Fusion-io of Salt Lake City since 2009.
Though Wozniak left college around the time he invented the first Apple computer, he now holds honorary doctorates from at least nine universities including University of Colorado, North Carolina State, and Michigan State. He also went back to school and completed his bachelors' in engineering in 1986.
While no specific area of emphasis was mentioned in today's announcement of Woz's upcoming Akron appearance, it's sure to be an interesting evening and well worth attending.
Copyright © 2013 Susan J. Walker.
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