Today’s Photo of the Day was posted by one of its subjects, Danny Engesser. He is the lucky kid being instructed in the use of a Commodore PET back in 1982. This scene was being played out in schools across America as the time and is probably responsible for more then a few career choices by some very talented computer people.
I was a member of the Quiz Bowl team in High School. County champs baby! A great perk of the team? We got to leave school early and travel to other exotic high schools. Two things struck me on traveling from school to school. School bus travel is very dangerous and the computers at my school were really lame. All of these other schools had Apples, my school had Commodore PETs.
Now I am a big fan of the Commodore, but when you compare the IIe to the PET their really isn’t much of a contest. I would see commercials for Apple on TV and it seemed like a world away — Some exotic computer that only kids in movies or TV shows had in their bedrooms. So it was shocking to see that almost every other school had them.
I was a Commodore user right up until I went to college, where I was introduced to the wider world of PC computing. Still the Apple commercials of the 1980s, and their promise of a “cooler” computing experience, will always haunt me. Here are a few of my favorites:
Nightmare on Mac Street
Test Drive a Macintosh
Bring Your Mac to Work
Apple for the Homemaker
Kind of Creepy Local Commercial for Lisa
The Computer for the Rest of Us
Watching these commercials again makes me think I should upgrade from my Diamond Rio and get an iPod.