Under the Radar for a Generation

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-02-05 Print this article Print

Under the Radar for a Generation

Wozniak will be trading in a life that's been basically under the radar for more than a generation for one that will get much more media attention.

"I have a pretty quiet life, and I like to watch technology evolve," Wozniak told Ashlee Vance of The New York Times. "In this case, I like the people and the product, and said I would like some greater involvement."

Wozniak told eWEEK at a recent Computer History Museum event that he's been enjoying his relative anonymity in the San Jose, Calif., suburb of Los Gatos since his high-profile days getting Apple up and running 30 years ago.

"It's really been nice to own my own schedule for all these years," he said. "When people recognize me, I always try to give them a few minutes of time and answer their questions or whatever. I enjoy talking to people about computers and their lives and stuff."

Wozniak said he had been "quietly" teaching fifth-graders science at a local school in Los Gatos for eight years.

"I enjoy working with children-they're so eager to learn, and when they are really interested in something, they learn very quickly," he said.

The city of San Jose immortalized Wozniak 10 years ago by designating a downtown street parallel to State Route 87 "Woz Way." Appropriately, Woz Way is the street where the Children's Museum of Science and Technology is located.

Wozniak has been keeping up-to-date on techno-advances.

"Solid-state is where everything is going eventually," he said. "There's been huge advances in SSDs in just the last few years, and that looks like the future to me, for sure."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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