In some ways the sprint to organize the Mac's 30th anniversary celebration Jan. 25 at the Flint Center in Cupertino has been a bit like the rush to finish the breakthrough computer in time for its Jan. 24, 1984, launch.
Gabreal Franklin, a filmmaker who has a Mac connection by way of working for the company that developed MacWrite, says the idea for a birthday bash grew out of a fall gathering of some Mac team members at the Computer History Museum. That's given Franklin and the other organizers a short runway for a program that includes a crew of former Apple (AAPL) employees, three panel discussions, music, a high-tech film crew and the logistics of trying to fill a 2,400-seat hall on the DeAnza College campus.
"It's really a labor of love," says Franklin, who's working on a documentary on early computing. "There was something remarkable about those days and those times. There was something remarkable about those people. It was one and one equals something greater than two."
Organizers say nearly all the members of the original Mac development team will be on hand. The main event at the celebration will be a series of three panel discussions:
Organizers will also screen privately held video of the time and display still photos from personal collections.
Tickets for the celebration are pricey -- $109.75 and $140.08 each -- but Franklin explained that organizers wanted to be able to cover their costs, including deploying a high-caliber film crew and the equipment it requires. And, he says, the organizers plan to donate any profits from the evening to CoderDojo, a global, open-source organization that encourages and guides children in coding and computing, and perhaps other organizations that encourage kids to dive into tech.
Tickets to the Macintosh 30th anniversary event are available at Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com. More information about the evening is available at www.macintosh30th.com.
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To see Steve Jobs unveiling the Macintosh at the Flint Center in 1984, go to http://youtu.be/RcRQWGFJ5YY