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Friday, October 6, 2017

Schoolsky Apple-1 sells for $401,000 delivered to new owner

Schoolsky Apple-1 computer
sold at auction and is picked up
for delivery to new owner
The Schoolsky Apple-1 computer was sold by Chartitybuzz at auction for $401,000  9/26/17.  The currier "Dynamic Packaging" driver  Paul Puletti arrived about 9 AM on Wednesday 10/4/17 for pickup and delivery to new owner. This computer has been part of David Larsen's "Bugbook Computer Museum" for the past 23 years.  It will diven directly from the courier in Richmond,VA to the  new owner in NY by FedEx Critical and should arrive Thursday 10/5/17

Apple-1 computer on table with
David Larsen (L) & Paul Puletti (R

David Larsen seller of his Schoolsky Apple-1 computer on the left. On the right is Paul Puletti of Dynamic Packaging in Richmond Virginia. Paul will pick up the compute and take it to Richmond and build the special container to send the Apple-1 on to the new owner by Fedex Critical custom delivery.

David Larsen signs
pickup papers for
the Schoolsky
Apple-1 computer

Assigning the Schoolsky Apple-1  over to the Currier Dynamic Packaging.

Paul loading Apple-1
computer into van for first
part of delivery transfer  to
Fedex in Richmond Virginia

I signed off on the computer and it is now up to Paul to get it to the new owner.

David and Paul with van
loaded Apple-1
Schoolsky Computer

The Apple-1 and the other items are loaded ready to go to Richmond, Virginia.

FedEx Critical delivery 
WOW This is the FedEx Critical truck that made the delivery from the Richmond office of  Dynamic Packaging in Richmond Virginia to the new owner in NY. FedEx has two drivers for these high value loads.

We loaded it at 2:38 AM 10/5/17 and it was delivered to its new home just under 9 hours later at 11:30.

The Schoolsky Apple-1 computer as packaged by Dynamic Packaging and is the only cargo in this the truck  (shown above).  It must have been a little lonely in the back of the truck for the 9 hour trip to NY.

See how the Apple-1 computer was packaged in this wooden container.

Here is a detailed look at what was included with the Schoolsky Apple-1 computer.

Video -  shipping the Schoolsky Apple-1 from Floyd VA  4.24 minutes   

Video - David describing the Apple-1 before it was packed up for new owner 2 minutes 

Video - Documentation as part of Schoolsky Apple-1 computer sale  2.59 minutes    

"by David Larsen"  Computer collector and historian. Working with Charitybuzz auctioning the Apple-1 was a great experience. Charitybuzz was a real pleasure to work with - I owe the team at Charitybuzz big thank you and lots of gratitude. David KK4WW

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Schoolsky Apple-1 computer and IPhone 10 sale on the same day.

The Schoolsky Apple-1 sold at Charitybuzz auction 9/26/17 for $401,000
Update on delivery to new owner

The first  Apple product (Apple1 computer) and the newest (iPhone 10) went on sale the same day.  Charitybuzz auction of the rare Schoolsky Apple1 computer started September 12th and Tim Cook - Apple CEO announced the Iphone 10 the same day.

The Schoolsky Apple1 Computer has been announced to be at auction for a few weeks prior to start of the online auction with a peek at the Schoolsky Apple1 and all the documentation. The tag line "Take a byte of Apple Computer history with this rare vintage computer from 1976" creating a big response and a lot of buzz about the auction.

Schoolsky Apple1 Computer
 Charitybuzz auction,

Full Schoolsky Apple1 auction information "Click"

Information about the Schoolsky Apple1 computer and all the documentation "CLICK"


Apple iPhone 10
The new iPhone X launch announced by Tim Cook was tribute to  Apple founder Steve Jobs.  Jobs is credited with  growing the Apple company from a business selling the first 200 Apple1 computers built in his home to being the largest company in the world.  The Apple1 computer was designed by Steve Wozniak the Apple cofounder.

The new iPhone launch was also a history making event on the new Apple  'spaceship' campus in Cupertino, California. The event was held in the  "Steve Jobs Theater". The first facility to open on the $5 billion campus.


"By David Larsen"    This is an exciting day for the old and new Apple products. Glad to be a part of the first Apple product sale " The Schoolsky Apple1 computer"

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Charitybuzz auction of my Schoolsky Apple-1 computer

The auction started September 12th.

I have moved my entire Bugbook Historical Microcomputer collection (All 30 tons) to the "Computer Museum of America" (CMOA) in Roswell, Georgia. I did keep 2 of my original Apple-1 computers and 2 went with the collection to the CMOA.

Schoolsky Apple-1 computer

Continuing my effort to down size after 79 years I am selling my Schoolsky Apple-1 computer. Charitybuzz is doing the auction for me and they have been a delight to work with.  You can see the start of the auction by clicking Charitybuzz   

Win Heagy has made the computer fully operational and Corey Cohen did the evaluation of the Schoolsky Apple-1 computer.

Part of the proceeds from the sale will go to our "Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service" (FAIRS) N4USA to help continue our international good will work using Amateur Radio.  I have been and amateur radio operator (KK4WW) for more than 63 years. I am also one of the directors of FAIRS.

I am continuing my interest in historical microcomputers as a board member of the "Computer Museum of America". Take a look here at the future "Computer Museum of America".

Apple-1 Schoolsky computer

Documentation that is part of the sale of the "Schoolsky Apple-1 computer"
Click photos to enlarge
Original letter ( 12/1/94)to me
 from Adam Schoolsky

1. Original letter ( 12/1/94)to me from Adam Schoolsky with signature. Adam was the first owner and I am the second owner. I also have the envelope with the letter.

 Envelope from
Adam Schoolsky 1994

2. Envelope from Adam Schoolsky 1994.

Original hand written
 letter from Adam Schoolsky

2. Original hand written letter from Adam Schoolsky with signature to me about getting the literature and Apple-1 ready for shipping to me.

3. #58 on the Willegal Apple-1 registry. Mike Willegal for many years has been keeping track of all the known Apple-1 computers. All four of the ones I owned are on the registry and the Schoolsky computer is  listed.

Original Apple-1
14 page operation manual

3. Original Apple-1 14 page operation manual - mint condition.

One Page from the
 Apple-1 Operations Manual
One Page from the Apple-1 Operations Manual.

When you enlarge this drawing look at the names on the lower right. R. Wayne  was a 10% owner in the first Apple partnership. He became concerned when the group wanted to borrow $50,000 to build the first 50 Apple-1  computers and sold his interest in the company for about $750. He was an owner for less then 2 weeks. Ron Wayne Wikipedia

A mint edition of the cassette interface manual is also included -you can see this the evaluation of the "Schoolsky Apple-1 computer" by Corey Cohen.

Original Apple-1 computer
 advertising slick front

4. Front side of original Apple-1 computer advertising slick - 2 sided mint condition. Adam acquired this while helping Steve Wozniak during the first few months of the Apple Company start up. Adam would have been employee #6 if he had accepted the job offer to work   full time at Apple.

Original Apple-1 computer
 advertising slick back

Back side of original Apple-1 computer advertising slick

This is shows a note from Adam on the outside of the clear envelope containing the Apple-1 ad slick.

Woz written on the Apple-1 box cover

I have the original white box that all the Apple-1 computers were packaged in. This box has the name Woz  ( The name Steve Wozinak uses) written on it.

Woz written on the Apple-1 box cover

Closer look at Woz written on the Apple-1 box cover.

Apple's very first computers stacked
 in boxes in Steve Jobs' bedroom
 from the very earlies

Apple-1 computers stacked in boxes in Steve Jobs' bedroom from the very earliest Apple-1 computers. This photo shows the boxes used for the Apple-1 computers and is the same as the box I have.  Adam Schoolsky sent me the Apple -1 computer in this box and said it was an original. The writing on the box also is a good indication of an original box.

 An original 40 page program listing from the first West Coast Computer Faire in California.  The Apple Computer Company was selling the Apple-1 computer and introducing the Apple-2 computer at this faire. Adam Schoolsky was also at this show helping the owners Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs.

This is also the Faire where Wozniak and Adam Schoolsky did the Wozniak joke/spoof of putting out a brochure of a computer that was better than all the competition but did  not exist. This spoof computer was called the "Zaltair" and now this is referred to as the "Zaltair Story".

See PDF view of this entire West Coast Computer Faire program. This PDF is from my copy of the program.

Back cover of the original 40 page program listing from the first West Coast Computer Faire in California.

Front of Zaltair computer
hoax brochure
Wozniak is a like to pull pranks on people and at 1977 Computer Fair he had Adam Schoolsky help with what is known as the Zaltair prank. The prank worked this way -- a nice 2 sided brochure of a none existence computer ( Zaltair) was made up by Woz and Adam & 10,000 were printed. The Zaltair Computer had a better price and specifications then all the current microcomputers on the market. This caused a big commotion at the Faire and it was done in secret so no one new who had created the brochure.  It was years later that Wozniak told Steve Jobs that he and Adam did the Zaltair hoax. This is a copy not an original brochure.

back of Zaltair computer
hoax brochure

Back of Zaltair brochure.

I have a lot of detail about the story of the Zaltair hoax in my blog.

original copy of the
 very first Silicon Gulch Gazette
An original of the very first Silicon Gulch Gazette - volume 0 number 1. The Silicon Gulch Gazette was published to promote the West Coast Computer Faire. It is interesting that the label was  hand written with Adam Schoolskys mailing address.

This very first issue is very rare. Jim Warren published the Silcon Gulch Gazette and founded the West Coast Computer Faire. Mr. Warren is still living.

insert inviting people to be
speakers or exhibitors
at the First West Coast Computer Faire

This first edition also has a loose leaf insert inviting people to be speakers or exhibitors at the First West Coast Computer Faire.

Silicon Gulch Gazette
Volume 4 number 2 

An original of the Silicon Gulch Gazette Volume 4 number 2 addressed to Adam Schoolsky.

Silicon Gulch Gazette
 Volume 3 number 3

An original of the Silicon Gulch Gazette Volume 3 number 3 addressed to Adam Schoolsky.

"The First Apple" book by Bob Luther. I have this listed because Bob interviewed Adam Schoolsky and Adam discussed the sale of this Apple-1 computer to me. This is some of the documentation of my purchase

Also an interview with me and I also discussed the purchase of this computer.

The pages and text of these interview are listed below.

Page 250 from Bob Luthers book
 "The First Apple-1"

Page 250 from Bob Luther's book "The First Apple-1"

This is about me discussing the purchase of Adam Schoolskys Apple-1 computer.

Adam Schoolsky had
the opportunity to be
 the sixth Apple employee

Page 256 from Bob Luther's book "The First Apple-1"

Adam Schoolsky had the opportunity to be the sixth Apple employee.

Adam Schoolsky discusses
 the sale of this Apple-1 computer

Page 266 from Bob Luther's book "The First Apple-1"

Adam Schoolsky discusses  the sale of this Apple-1 computer to David Larsen.

LR Jobs, Ron Wayne & Wozniak drawing
original Ron Wayne signature
Ron Wayne - An original signature. Wayne was one of the three original founders of Apple Computer Business.  The business was started on April 1, 1976 and Wayne had 10 %, Steve Jobs 45 % and Steve Wozniak 45%. Only 12 days later the business needed to borrow money and Wayne did not want to be responsible for possible debt and sold out his interest for $800.

 Wayne designed the original Apple logo, wrote the Apple-1 computer manual and drew the Appe-1 schematic diagrams.

Very few people know the Apple business started with 3 people.

Wayne also did the drawing to the left of Steve Jobs, Ron Wayne and Steve Wozniak. The signature is original however the drawing is a photo copy of the original.

Bob Luther author of the book "the First Apple" had contact with Wayne several years ago and made the arrangements for this drawing with the original  signature of Ron Wayne. I obtained this from Bob Luther this year. 

Front of 2 page brochure that advertised both the Apple-1
and the Apple-2 computer. This is an original brochure not a copy.

This is an original brochure and most likely the only one made that promoted both the Apple-1 and Apple-2 computer.  This is the front/back side. The Apple-1 was on the market for a very short time and when plans for the Apple-2 computer materialized marketing of the Apple-1 ended.  To promote the Apple-2 computer na offer was made for Apple-1 computer owners to get a very generous trade in allowance for there Apple-1 computer.

Inside 2 pages of  brochure that advertised both the Apple-1
and the Apple-2 computer. This is an original brochure not a copy.

This is the inside two pages of the brochure above and the words preliminary are written very lightly on the background of the brochure. It could be that this brochure was only used at the first "West Coast Computer Faire" in 1977. This was the first time marketing the Apple-2 computer.

Steve Wozniak's book 2006 "iWoz"
Steve Wozniak's book 2006 "iWoz" .  Wozniak talks about the Apple-1 computer however I want to show how he worked with Adam Schoolsky in the very early days of the Apple Company.

The Apple-1 computer that I purchased from Adam Schoolsky is a result Adam being a friend and working with Steve Wozniak at the First West Coast Computer Faire in 1977. One of there projects was the Zaltair computer hoax that Wozniak and Schoolsky pulled off at this faire. The excerpt  of the Zaltair story is in the next two slides.

Page 202 from the
 iWoz book shown above

Page 202 from the iWoz book shown above.

Wozniak talks about being at the first West Coast Computer Faire in 1977 and wanting to so put out some fake news or computer hoax. He also talks about how he and Adam Schoolsky printed 8000 copies then secretly distributed them.

Page 202 from the iWoz
book shown above


Page 202 from the iWoz book shown above.

Steve tells how he decided to make the fake computer brochure with various computer comparisons with the fake Zaltair computer.

He then dedicated the brochure to the Altair computer made by Ed Roberts. Of course Ed Roberts was highly upset with this fake brochure.  Who and how this hoax was done was kept secret for several years.  Several years latter Wozniak did tell his partner Steve Jobs that he and Adam did the Zaltair hoax.

Press stories showing up on the internet about the auction of the Schoolsky computer.
"By David Larsen" KK4WW microcomputer collector and historian.