Drexel University Libraries to Remember Steve Jobs and the Microcomputer Project that Forever connected Apple Computers with the Drexel Campus
November 1, 2011 (Philadelphia, PA) -- On Thursday, November 10th, Drexel University Libraries will host Going National with Apple Computers: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow a film screening and discussion about the microcomputer project at Drexel that changed the future of learning on campus. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Drexel’s innovative new Library Learning Terrace.
The premiere of the documentary film Going National brought former Apple CEO Steve Jobs to Philadelphia in 1985, just a year after the Microcomputer Project first required all incoming students to have a personal computer.
Thursday, November 10th from 6 - 8 PM
Library Learning Terrace, 33rd & Race Streets
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In 1985, Steve Jobs visited Drexel to congratulate the University on its cutting edge decision to require all incoming students to have a personal computer. This project, the Microcomputer Project, changed learning at Drexel and inspired a culture of innovation. Join Drexel University Libraries for a special screening of the entertaining and informative documentary, Going National, produced by Dean of Pennoni Honors College, Dave Jones, Ph.D., which details the project and the cutting edge decision that Drexel took by choosing Macintosh computers.
Drexel faculty, students and staff gathered at W. W. Hagerty Library on Tuesday, October 18, for Coffee, Conversation and Computing, an event in collaboration with the exhibit Access Everywhere, Computing at Drexel 1984 - Present.
The exhibition, which runs through December 10th, begins with Drexel’s Mircocomputer Project and the distribution of Macintosh computers to Drexel students and faculty in 1984. Attendees of the event were treated to a conversation with professors Tom Hewett and Ray Brebach, who were on campus for this exciting event in Drexel’s history. They shared their memories and experiences of a time when the entire campus quickly adjusted to incorporating computers in all disciplines and in many projects.
Professor Jeremy Johnson added the perspective of a computer scientist as attendees discussed the impact of several key information technologies at Drexel over the past several decades. The group seemed to agree that while the introduction of the Macintosh computer to Drexel was the most dramatic change several other computing innovations have also drastically affected the campus community. One of these transformative items was wireless computing. Mr. Hewett remembered the moment when a colleague first demonstrated how the Apple base station could connect several items in a room to the Internet without cables.
Today is the 25th birthday of the Apple MacIntosh. Drexel students were among the first users of the little machine that revolutionized personal computing back in January 1984. Drexel was the first university to require its students to own and operate a personal computer, a story told in Professor D.B. Jones's film Going National, available at the University Archives.