Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It

By Steve Wozniak; Gina Smith

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393061437, 313pp.

Publication Date: September 2006

Before slim laptops that fit into briefcases, computers looked like strange vending machines, with cryptic switches and pages of encoded output. But in 1977 Steve Wozniak revolutionized the computer industry with his invention of the first personal computer. As the sole inventor of the Apple I and II computers, Wozniak has enjoyed wealth, fame, and the most coveted awards an engineer can receive, and he tells his story here for the first time.

About the Author
Steve Wozniak has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Technology and the Heinz Award. He lives in California.

Gina Smith is one of America's best-known science and technology journalists. Formerly the technology correspondent for ABC News, she reported stories for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline with Ted Koppel, 20/20, Good Morning America, and This Week with Sam Donaldson. Her award-winning column, "Inside Silicon Valley," chronicled the technology industry for the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner for a dozen years. Her science and technology columns and stories have also appeared in such diverse publications as The Los Angeles Times, Wired, Popular Science, Upside, Glamour, and The Hollywood Reporter. Her weekly radio show, "On Computer with Gina Smith," has reached millions of households in the U.S. and overseas via the Armed Forces Radio Network. Smith's far-reaching work translating science topics into plain English has earned her a number of awards, including a first place in investigative journalism from the Computer Press Association. She has been included in Upside's Technology Elite 100, the Top 25 Women on the Web, and in the San Jose Mercury News' Top Movers and Shakers in Silicon Valley. She is an in-demand public speaker at technology forums, conferences, and conventions, and currently serves on the Board of Councilors at the University of Southern California's School of Engineering. Ms. Smith lives in San Francisco with her attorney husband, Henry, and her young son, Eric.