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A Letter to the Mac

January 26, 2014

A letter presented by Jerry Manock, Caroline Rose and Patti Kenyon, at the Mac@30 event in Flint Center, Cupertino:

“January 24th, 2014.

To: Macintosh

Care of: Apple Inc., 1 Infinity [sic] Loop, Cupertino CA 95014

Dear Mac,

Today you are celebrating your 30th birthday. Here are some things we wanted you to know as you enter your fourth decade.

Your early family really loved you. They had lots of fun being pirates, and working hard together before you were born.

You were a cute, chubby little baby, who has grown up to be as slender as a #2 pencil, with the power of an NFL middle linebacker.

You were writing and drawing sketches at a very early age. Who would have ever guessed that you would now be making movies all by yourself, and sharing them with people around the world.

Your list of accomplishments is truly astounding. We’re very, very proud of all the tasks you have mastered; many more than we ever imagined.

Never forget that your parents wanted you to always be respectful of the individuality of your users, and we hope that you will continue to help them communicate their uniqueness to each other.

Do not let vanity and compliments about your beauty stop you from always remembering your core purpose of fostering innovation and creativity in others.

Finally, don’t forget to keep your sense of humor. True artists not only ship; they laugh! Don’t forget about the little Mac Man who used to run across the desktop every once in a while.

So, have an Insanely Great Happy Birthday. We all wish you continued success in your next thirty years, helping pilot the Mothership.

Sincerely yours,

Members of the 1984 Macintosh development team.”