Lisa vs Mac

January 3, 2018

Question from E-mail

My father gave the ][ away a few years ago to a school where the kids used it for “Turtle Graphics”. For what it’s worth, you were a bit of a hero among me and my friends back then – we knew that you were the hardware guy, and Jobs the business guy. As I recall, and this may be totally wrong, the belief was that Jobs was behind the Lisa, and your “response” was the Mac.


Very wrong. Steve Jobs was behind bringing the Xerox technology to Apple and building good products with it. But he eventually fell into disfavor with the LISA group. Naturally, the Macintosh became a bit of striking back for him. That’s my opinion. I liked all the people on the Mac team very much, even Steve, but my plane crash kept me from it.