Steve Jobs Meets Mick Jagger

This is just great. Arguably my two favorite celebrities meet back in 1982:

Steve Jobs, Mike Murray and Bill Atkinson got out of the cab in front of Mick’s two-story brownstone townhouse, hauling along a Macintosh in its canvas carrying case. They knocked on the door at the address they were given, but there was no response for several minutes. Finally, the door was opened by two huge guys who were obviously bodyguards, who didn’t seem all that impressed to be talking to the co-founder of Apple Computer and his entourage. 

The Apple folk were led upstairs into an elegantly furnished room to wait for Mick. Bill set up the Mac and launched MacPaint, and started to fool around with it. Then, abruptly, Mick Jagger strode into the room, dressed casually in a T-shirt and blue jeans. 

Mick was polite, but he didn’t seem to have heard of Apple Computer, Steve Jobs or the Macintosh. Steve tried to strike up a conversation, but he wasn’t very successful. Steve told me that Mick couldn’t seem to put together a coherent sentence. “His speech was slurred and very slow”, Steve described it later, “in fact I think he was on drugs. Either that or he’s brain-damaged.” After a few minutes, it was clear that Mick had absolutely no interest whatsoever in Apple or the Macintosh, and an awkward silence ensued. 

Fortunately, Mick’s twelve year old daughter Jade had followed Mick into the room, and her eyes lit up when she saw MacPaint. Bill began to teach her how to use it, and pretty soon she was happily mousing away, fascinated by what she could do with MacPaint. Even though Mick drifted off to another room, the Apple contingent stayed with Jade for another half hour or so, showing off the Macintosh and answering her questions, and ended up leaving the machine with her, since she couldn’t seem to part with it.

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