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The Original Macintosh
Anecdotes about the development of Apple's original Macintosh, and the people who made it (41 stories)
“The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need. The world never needed Beethoven's Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it.” -- Louis Kahn

  
Andy Hertzfeld:  (41)
Andy started at Apple in August 1979 as Apple employee #435. He was one of the main authors of the Macintosh system software working on the core operating system and the User Interface toolbox, as well as most of the original desk accessories. He later went on to co-found three companies: Radius (1986), General Magic (1990) and Eazel (1999). He is also the main author of the Folklore website you're currently reading.
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We needed to come up with a naming scheme for our fonts
August 1983
Susan Kare
Software Design,Personality
7
 (4.36)
We put a hidden icon in the ROM
August 1983
Andy Hertzfeld
Software Design
30
 (4.57)
The famous 1984 commercial almost got canceled
September 1983
Andy Hertzfeld
Marketing,The Launch
7
 (4.55)
We uncover a particularly bad bug shortly after ROM freeze
September 1983
Andy Hertzfeld
Technical,Software Design,Bugs
6
 (4.28)
The puzzle desk accessory became controversial.
September 1983
Andy Hertzfeld
Software Design, Management
6
 (4.0)
Burrell had a unique approach to playing Defender
September 1983
Donn Denman
Personality,Recreation
5
 (4.17)
We were always dealing with memory limitations
September 1983
Andy Hertzfeld
Software Design,Technical,Personality
4
 (3.93)
The final push to finish the software
January 1984
Andy Hertzfeld
Management, Software Design, Allnighters
5
 (4.3)
We present a Mac to Mick Jagger
January 1984
Andy Hertzfeld
Marketing,Celebrities,The Launch
4
 (3.9)
We need a demo for the intro
January 1984
Andy Hertzfeld
Marketing,The Launch,Software Design
13
 (4.35)
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