But Apple had just released this new line of PowerBooks, so supply was limited. When my freshman term started, I still had not received my PowerBook, even though my order had been placed for more than a week (I think). The only response that DoIT (UW's computer store) could provide was that it was on the way.
So one day, I went to a computer lab and wrote an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Yes, I was writing to Steve Jobs, who had just taken over as interim CEO at Apple a year before. I wrote about my predicament in getting my PowerBook quickly, now that the school term had started. I mentioned that this was to be my first Apple computer. I told him about UW's strong support for the Macintosh platform, even though Apple was still languishing in 1998. I ended by saying that I hoped that Apple could somehow expedite my order.
Unfortunately, I never kept a copy of that email, so I can't verify anything.
A few days later, I got a call from DoIT. My PowerBook had arrived! And I was one of the first customers on campus to receive it.
I don't know if my email had played any part in my receiving my PowerBook. And I don't recall if I ever wrote a thank-you email to Steve Jobs for it.
But I do know that from that time forward, I have always used an Apple computer for my personal use, as follows:
- PowerBook G3
- PowerBook G4 Titanium (first version)
- iMac G5 (second version)
- MacBook Air (second version) -- my current computer
And that's my Apple memory of Steve Jobs. RIP.