Steve Jobs Teaches Andy Warhol to Use the First Apple Computer

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Jul 1, 2013 3:33PM

“What is this? Look at this, Keith. This is incredible!” a bewildered Andy Warhol said to Keith Haring at a birthday party in New York City, 1985, while looking over the shoulder of Steve Jobs at the first Macintosh computer. The computer, a birthday present for John Lennon’s nine-year-old son, left Warhol in awe; he lifted the mouse and waved it in the air before eventually managing to draw a circle.

“I said that once some man had been calling me a lot wanting to give me one,” Warhol wrote in his diary that night, “but I’d never called him back or something, and then the kid looked up and said, ‘Yeah, that was me. I’m Steve Jobs.’ And he looked so young like a college guy. …Then he gave me a lesson on drawing with it. It only comes in black and white now, but they’ll soon make it in color... I felt so old and out of it with this whiz guy right there who’d helped invent it.”


At right, view  the Apple-1 Personal Computer, hand-built in Steve Jobs’s parent’s garage in 1976, on view at Andy Warhol at Christie’s at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.

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