Thirty years ago today, computing history changed forever. After teasing it in what some call the most important Super Bowl ad of all time, Apple (then Apple Computer) revealed the Macintosh. For both TechServ and Drexel, the Macintosh holds a lot of history. At the launch of the Macintosh, Apple announced a partnership with a handful of academic institutions. One of them was Drexel (skip to the 53 minute marker in the video below.)
Despite the big names on the list, Drexel was special. Drexel was the first university on the list to launch the Macintosh, requiring every incoming student to purchase one. It was the beginning of a relationship with Apple that continues even today.
Shortly after the release of the Macintosh at Drexel, a new student group was founded, The Drexel Macintosh Users Group, or DUsers for short. Without the Macintosh and without DUsers, there’s a good chance TechServ wouldn’t be who we are today. TechServ, in a way, is the successor of DUsers. We still use some of DUsers’ space on the university and our domain name continues to be dusers.drexel.edu We’re also thrilled to have some of DUsers’ equipment.
One of those pieces of equipment is one of the original Drexel Macintosh computers, complete with the custom Drexel branding. It still works, although on some days it requires a little encouragement to turn on. We’re also happy to be the owners of two Macintosh SE/30 computers, a Bondi Blue iMac, and a PowerMac G4 Cube among other pieces of historical Apple systems. We occasionally exhibit our collection at Drexel events.
Happy 30th Birthday, Macintosh.
(A special thank you to the Drexel University Archives for the historic Macintosh photos)