Narine Daneghyan / youthjournalism.orgApple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Armenia last week
By Narine Daneghyan
YEREVAN, Armenia – Computer pioneer Steve Wozniak spent time with Armenian students recently, telling them his story of co-founding Apple with Steve Jobs and urging them to have faith in themselves.
Armenia honored Wozniak, an American, on November 9 with the Armenian President’s Award called “World Authority in the Field of Information Technology.”
Wozniak is the second, after Craig Barrett, chief executive officer of Intel, to receive the prize for contributions to the information technology sector.
“To reach success, first of all you yourselves must believe in your powers,” Wozniak advised students. “Trust in yourselves and don’t be disappointed from the difficulties.”
During the two-hour meeting, Wozniak presented his life story, and especially talked about the creation of Apple in 1976.
At first it was very difficult, Wozniak said, because he worked for Hewlett Packard at the time and loved that company.
But HP did not approve of his computer inventions, saying “it’s more a hobby than a serious business,” Wozniak said.
After that, he joined Apple.
“We sold the first lots of computers for $666.66. It was my idea, because I always loved the repetitive numbers. But we knew nothing about the meaning of that number then,” Wozniak said.
Wozniak described how the company came to be named.
“One day, Steve Jobs returned from an apple farm and, pondering over the name of our company, offered to name it Apple Computers. It was a simple and a dear word, used in our everyday life with such combinations as, for example, an apple pie,” said Wozniak.
The IT legend said he would like to return to Armenia, as he is deeply impressed with the country. He said it was a big honor for him to receive the prestigious award.
“Armenia has become part of me,” he concluded.
|Youth Journalism International Reporter Narine|
Daneghyan and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak
in Yerevan, Armenia last week.