Macintosh II M5000 – Back to Life after ~25-30 Years
It took a few takes to get a successful boot. The other disks on the table didn’t work for one reason or another. For instance, a 6.0.8 disk wouldn’t work because it wanted to load Daystar extension and there was no Daystar card installed and you can’t disable extensions in 6.0.8 at startup.
I know the date because I know I left LA 8/21/87 and was in Boulder two days later. So it’s not like I directly remember the date I first played with (and I think saw) a Mac II.
This Mac II was purchased for me by an employee named Doug Kanwischer (now working at John Deere according to Google). I used up my university discount (one per year, I think) on some other computer, so he bought it for me. The first Mac II, purchased in fall 1987, was with my university discount. In November, 1987, I bought a Laserwriter Plus. That thing cost me $5700 — in 1987 dollars! And that was the university price. But it was the best investment I ever made. Computer stuff is really cheap these days.
Baby’s Arms comes from Planes, Trains & Automobiles, which was released right before Thanksgiving 1987. (“I want a fucking car RIGHT FUCKING NOW.”)
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