The Apple Macintosh wasn’t the first personal computer on the market when it premiered in 1984. Nor was it a blockbuster by current standards.
But the original Mac, introduced 30 years ago today, stands out as one of the most influential consumer technologies of its era. Its innovative design and simplicity helped to set the stage for the coming explosion in desktop computing and the societal shifts that came with it.
“Apple made a machine desirable at a time when computers were these terrifying behemoths guarded in a glass room by someone in a lab coat,” said Leslie Berlin, project historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University.
Praised for its innovation, Apple has also come to symbolize some of the technology industry’s struggles, specifically taking criticism over exploitation of workers who manufacture Apple products overseas and environmental destruction.
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Juxtaposed JFK Assassination Photos with Contemporary Dallas
Today, November 22, 1963, is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. Photographer Doug McCluer has created a striking series of photographs in which he recreates scenes from the assassination in contemporary Dallas.
McCluer has taken original snapshots from the JFK assassination and juxtaposed them with in their original locations. In the first photo, McCluer holds up a black and white image of Jacqueline Kennedy climbing up on the presidential limo after her husband was shot in Dallas on November 22, 1963 — exactly 50 years ago today.
The comparison between the events of that tragic day with the quiet Dallas street scenes fifty years later creates striking images that are both poignant and heartbreaking. It is considered one of the most important events in the United States as it changed the course of history forever.
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Death used to bother Don Ottomeyer. As a young officer in the U.S. Army during the 1970s, he saw too much of it. Now, more than 30 years after he left the military, he seeks out the dying.
For the past 25 years, Ottomeyer has volunteered in hospice centers in Michigan (where he has lived in Ann Arbor since 2007), North Carolina and Idaho. Every week he encounters the sick and the dying, all of them military veterans.
“I don’t think any veteran should die alone,” he said.
By his count, he has stood watch as more than 100 vets took their final steps in life. Each year, his load increases.
“I used to see six or seven a year,” he said. “So far this year I’ve had 10.”
Nationwide, veterans of World War II are dying at a high rate — over 600 per day, according to a reportby the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ottomeyer said he’s now starting to see Vietnam-era vets in hospice.
Photo: Courtesy Don Ottomeyer