Steve Jobs and Me

He said my 1971 article inspired him. His iBook obsessed me.

Ron Rosenbaum

You may have read about this in the Times obit for Steve Jobs. I’m talking about this passage which dealt with the origin of the Apple partnership between Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and my role in it:

The spark that ignited their partnership was provided by Wozniak’s mother. Mr. Wozniak had graduated from high school and enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, when she sent him an article from the October 1971 issue of Esquire magazine. The article, “Secrets of the Little Blue Box,” by Ron Rosenbaum, detailed an underground hobbyist culture of young men known as phone phreaks who were illicitly exploring the nation’s phone system.

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Steve Jobs in 1977  Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, at the first West Coast Computer Faire, where the Apple II computer was debuted in 1977.

Photo by Tom Munnecke/Getty Images.

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