“What’s this!” you say. “Another Tuesday Trivia contest? Too soon, man!” Yes, it’s here and nothing can stop it now. No one won last time and I only had two people even make guesses, so I’m hopeful this round will be more successful.
Additionally, by continuing to post here, I’m trying to get past the resentment I’m feeling over content from this blog being reposted by unscrupulous jerks, without permission, credit or even a “Thanks – we stole your stuff” email. If I can figure out how to get over that, I think I can get back to updating 6502Lane on a regular basis, which is something I really enjoyed doing. And I think the best way to do that is probably just to keep posting. But enough about me.
It is fairly common knowledge that the Apple III was unveiled at the National Computer Conference in 1980. The III went on to become a bit of an albatross around Apple’s otherwise shining neck and tarnished the company’s reputation for years to follow. What isn’t so well known is the location of the unveiling during the conference. The NCC committee had insisted that Apple’s booth be set up in the personal computing section. Apple (and this smells strongly of Steve Jobs’ influence) felt they should be in the business computing area, as they were introducing a business computer. Neither side would budge and the bickering went on right up until the last minute. As a result, Apple’s wasn’t able to set up in either section, and a last-minute location had to be found.
Can you name the specific place Apple set up their booth during NCC ’80? Bonus points if you can name any two Apple employees who were part of the III presentation that was given to the International Apple Core at the event. Email me if you think you know the answer.