That’s the idea behind this op-ed piece in Thursday’s San Francisco Chronicle penned by David Bunnell, who not only founded Macworld Expo but Macworld magazine as well. It’s a short-but-sweet article containing a number of Expo Fun Facts, including:
The first Macworld Expo only occupied half the floor space at Moscone Center, sharing the rest of the exhibit hall with a boat show.
10,000 people showed up at the first Expo—double what organizers had expected.
Steve Jobs was not one of those 10,000 people. According to Bunnell, the Apple co-founder didn’t attend an Expo until 1997.
There’s also this observation from Bunnell, which I think holds true nearly 25 years after the fact:
[Then-Apple CEO John] Sculley was totally jazzed about the Expo. For him, its success proved that Apple-users were devoted to the company and to the Macintosh. Apple wasn’t merely a computer company; it was a more like a spiritual reality to many of them.
All in all, it’s a good read full of fond memories, interesting tidbits, and sage advice should you be planning on having Steve Jobs sit next to a beloved local newspaper columnist at your next fancy dinner party.