A ‘Personal’ Computer Turns 30

30:01 minutes

When Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple Macintosh in January of 1984, the visual user interface, all-in-one design, and mouse-controlled navigation were revolutionary. Design team member Andy Hertzfeld and industry observer Steven Levy look back on the early days of personal computing, and talk about how the Macintosh came to be.

Segment Guests

Steven Levy

Steven Levy is senior staff writer at WIRED and author of Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that Changed Everything (Viking Adult, 1994) in New York, New York.

Andy Hertzfeld

Andy Hertzfeld is a software engineer, a member of the original ‘Macintosh’ design team at Apple, and author of Revolution In The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made (O’Reilly Media, 2004) in Palo Alto, California.

Meet the Producer

About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.