Apple co-founder speaks at HPU tomorrow
High Point’s class of 2013 will get to hear from one of the most famous inventors and computer engineers of the past century tomorrow morning.
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, is the commencement speaker year for High Point University’s 89th graduation ceremony.
Wozniak partnered with Steve Jobs in 1976 to produce the Apple computer. He designed the hardware by himself, while Jobs was responsible for the marketing.
After the success of Apple I, he designed Apple II, the first personal computer with color graphics.
Wozniak resigned from Apple in 1987, later developing the CL 9, the first programmable universal remote control, then founded Wheels of Zeus (WoZ), creators of wireless GPS technology.
In 2006, WoZ closed, and Wozniak founded Acquicor Technology, a holding company for the development of technology. Later that year, he published his autobiography, “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Cofounded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It.”
Wozniak has three children and is married to Janet Hill.
Things you may not know about Steve Wozniak:
On Feb. 7, 1981, he suffered severe injuries and amnesia after crashing a plane that he was piloting during takeoff at Sky Park Airport in Scotts Valley, Ca.
His nickname? “The Woz”
He always wanted to be an elementary school teacher, and eventually began teaching computer classes to kids in grades 5-9
He holds nine honorary doctorate degrees.