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April 6, 2005

We get email: from Steve Wozniak — yes, the Woz

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I am humbled, dumbstruck, gobsmacked, any superlative that describes being shocked + awed, reading Steve Wozniak's comment on bookofjoe.

I may close up shop today because I can now die happy.

The Woz (above) is one of my heroes and the fact that pixels from bookofjoe contacted his retinas via light-speed photonic transmission early yesterday morning (his comment came in at 2 a.m. Eastern) is still reverberating within my skull.

I am so stoked.

Woz set the record straight re: my having assumed — and written — in my post of this past Monday morning that "he was the world's least athletic, biggest nerd when he was younger."

WRONG!

WAY WRONG!

The Woz wrote in his comment on my post:

"I am an aggressive competitive player because I always was. I won golf trophies when young, was the best player on my little league teams some years (best pitcher, best shortstop, best hitter, best runner), made the little league all-stars, lettered in swimming in Jr. High School, lettered in pole vaulting in high school, won tennis trophies, played football aggressively with friends, always ran well and was in marathon running shape 15 years ago."

What makes my egregious error even worse is that just two weeks ago, I ordered and received from amazon this book:

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I read it with delight.

It's one of a series, "Unlocking the Secrets of Science."

The publisher writes, "In selecting those persons to be profiled in this series, we first attempted to identify the most notable accomplishments of the 20th century in science, medicine and technology."

The Woz is in fast company: Edwin Hubble, Linus Pauling, Francis Crick and James Watson, Albert Einstein, Wilhelm Roentgen and Alexander Fleming are among the other greats in the series. But I digress.

Chapter 3 of the biography is titled "High School and College Years."

It talked about Steve's wizardy in electronics, science and math, as well as his developing reputation as a prankster, "one that has followed him down to the present day."

Just now I reread the chapter, word-for-word, and there's not a word about his athletic achievements.

Steve's website biography also omits his athletic accomplishments.

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Lesson learned, say I: if you don't know, don't assume.

I'll say this, in finishing on this subject: pole vaulting is perhaps the most complex and difficult single event in track and field, requiring speed, strength, coordination, balance, aggressiveness and fearlessness.

The fact that the Woz lettered in the sport in high school indicates major physical skills and athleticism.

So.

The quotation from a New York Times article about why Steve plays Segway polo so fiercely, parroted by me on Monday, is thus untrue: it's quite clear from his email that he does everything with gusto: he's competitive.

The Woz asked me not to set the record straight but since he did so in his email, I don't feel all that bad about disregarding his wish and doing so anyhow.

Sorry, Steve, but I can't stand inaccurate or unsubstantiated writing by myself in bookofjoe or anywhere else.

Although, truth be told, there's not a whole lot being written these days by moi outside the confines of this blog.

My errors kill me.

A misspelling ruins my whole day, sometimes.

I mean, to goof up regarding Donald Trump or some such doofus is one thing, but one of my heroes?

Aarrgh.

I am so much an Apple person that just using a PC makes me physically ill.

Here's Steve Wozniak's email, just as it came in and appears to the right in the "Comments" section:


    Love my Hummer but also transport 4 Segways plus 2 passengers, or 3 Segways plus 3 passengers, or 1 Segway and 5 passengers, all Segways fully assembled, in my 2004 or 2005 Prius's.


    I am an aggressive competitive player because I always was. I won golf trophies when young, was the best player on my little league teams some years (best pitcher, best shortstop, best hitter, best runner), made the little league all-stars, lettered in swimming in Jr. High School, lettered in pole vaulting in high school, won tennis trophies, played football aggressively with friends, always ran well and was in marathon running shape 15 years ago.


    I don't play aggressively because I can afford Segways. In fact I let others use my Segways. One guy crashed the Segway, destroying the handlbar and light ($1000 for both) and later swung a mallet into my light (another $500) and I paid it all. I have not damaged a Segway playing polo. I play within the limits of the laws (of physics) and our rules, and press them just barely over the line.


    Still, the image of playing aggressively because I can afford to wreck my Segway is a compelling one that enhances my strange image so please don't tell people the truth. It's like an article in Wired Magazine once which stated that I was moving to where my cell phone would work. It was based on some other comment by myself or a friend but it sounds just strange enough to enhance my 'creative person' image so I'm glad for it.

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Comments

DearHerbert, I think your reveranc for brilliant people is pretty neat. How old are you? Is that picture of you or yout brother? Unlike you I just got my first pc. The only reason I could afford it was Dell sold it to me for 15.00 a month for the rest of my life. I'm just learning how to use it.The Woz doesn't have any deals like that. I beleave he does some good with his bucks. I'm not going to knock him.Foregive the misspelled stuff.Tam

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