Adventures of an Apple Founder
Atari, Apple, Aerospace and Beyond
There is much more to the story of Ron Wayne than his brief involvement with the Apple Computer Company (before it re-formed as Apple Computer Inc.).
In the spring of 1976 while working as chief draftsman and product development engineer at the video game maker Atari, Ron assisted a co-worker with the subtle intricacies of forming a small business.It was with Ron's natural sensibilities, experiences, and skills honed over a lifelong career in many disciplines that he offered himself openly as a resource to two much-younger entrepreneurs: Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak. These same traits would drive Ron's decision to leave a short time later.
It is one of life’s profound realities that people rarely recognize “history” while they are in the midst of making it. The events that transpired that spring would come to define such a case.
Adventures of an Apple Founder offers insight into the experiences that define the man whose passion for engineering and design spans over three quarters of a century, half a dozen industries, and a lifetime of adventures!
They obviously used his very short time of being part of Apple (a few weeks?) to publicize this book but that is ok with me. His life story, like a lot of people you never hear about, is very fascinating!
Humble, remarkable, informative
Ron has lived a remarkable life compared to most people. It's funny to read how hard things actually were in the great depression, vs what we complain about now. Teaching himself nearly everything he knows, and learning lessons the hard way. Nothing revolutionary about Apple, but the stories about the Steves and Atari are always interesting. Also really enjoyed the history lessons, he made them fun and relevant to what is going on today. He should be a teacher...
Remarkable normal guy
The writing is often awkward and yet precise (much like you might expect of a nerdy engineer). Nor is this the greatest literary biography that was ever written. It's not filled with answers to the secrets of the world. The story telling is filled with soft jokes that are a tad "off." Yet, ultimately, it all works in just a very poignant and lovely way.
Ron writes a tale of a person that the world might tell you is what "normal" people should be: soft spoken, humble, forgiving, mindful of the future, forgetful of past negativity, generous, caring...I could go on.
Thing is, that kind of person no longer exists. He's a living anachronism. I don't know if he really is such a wonderful person, or if he constructed a fictional persona, but either way, I'm glad to have been reintroduced to the concept.
He details his interests in design/engineering and how it grew. His experiences with apple provide some insight to the company and "Steves" that has not ever been disclosed elsewhere in the many books about apple and steve jobs. A story of a man that chose the path less traveled in a career beyond apple, and kindnesses to his mother, friends, and finding and making a family of his own.
At the end, the satisfaction in his many work projects do leave you with a sense that despite having passed on apple, this man had a very successful career to his own satisfaction.
My only sad feeling is as nice a man as Ron seems to be, it's a shame he didn't have kids to pass some of his optimistic wonder with the world on to. As it stands, I'm grateful for the little bit he passes on in his story.