The Wizard Woz

The Pittsburgh Speakers Series is known for bringing iconic people to town.  Last year’s series opened with President Bill Clinton and ended with Andes Mountain crash survivor Nando Parrado.  This season is just as impressive with Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak kicking off the January 2014 presentation.  There are seven total lectures in the series held on Wednesday nights from 8:00-9:30 pm at Heinz Hall.  The season runs October through April.

Steve Wozniak

Stephen Wozniak, known affectionately as Woz, is definitely the more human side of the Apple empire. His genius was evident when he invented both the Apple 1 and Apple II computers in the late 1970’s.   Steve Jobs was still in high school when a friend pointed him out to Woz as a person of interest.  They had a shared vision and formed Apple Computer in 1976.

In February 1981 Steve crashed a plane he was flying and and lost all memory.  This prompted him to leave Apple.   He eventually recovered by using the power of logical thought processing.  In 1983 he returned to Apple as an engineer and a motivating force for the Apple empire.  He permanently ended his full-time employment with them on February 6, 1987  but still receives a stipend.  He is also an Apple shareholder.  Although he kept in touch with Steve Jobs until his death they never became close friends.

This is a great opportunity to get an inside scoop on the real story behind Apple.  Although tickets are only sold for the entire subscription series, there is always someone with a conflict who can’t make it. You can call the Speaker Series office at (412) 392-4900 between 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. to see if anyone has released tickets or arrive at the Heinz Hall box office close to the performance to check if  any seats were released.  The art lovers in Pittsburgh are a generous bunch and often give tickets away they cannot use.  There are also two tickets listed on Craigslist for $120.00 that sound legitimate although I normally would not recommend this venue.


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