What a great time! Steve Wozniak spoke in the MSU Engineering Building, Room 1345, the room in which all electrical engineering students start their mornings. From 8:00am until the 6:00pm Circuit Design Class, ECE 201, 202, 302, 402 students flock to this room every other day for over 2 years.
I came in to see the WOZ about 40 seconds late, since I thought a rock star engineer would be fashionably late plus I needed to finalize the letter I wrote to him. But no, he was right on time! I came in through the loud applause and a standing ovation from about 300 people. I walked right to Eric T. who had saved me the front row seat as he usually does at music shows. Rachelle joined me on the left wearing an MSU cut up shirt with the EE bar crawl logo looking great. I sat in the front row looking right at Mr. Wozniak, the actuator of our time, and a creator of the personal computer.
Even though he was rushed away shortly after his speech, we all felt the rock show experience. Everyone in the room had a great time. We really would have liked to take Steve to Crunchy’s Bar on Grand River to show him the MSU night life and why East Lansing is the place to be in spring time. Instead we were given the experience of soaking in his words, and granted the once in a lifetime opportunity to ask the Great Woz questions in our house.
Some questions to Steve were great, while some were incomplete thoughts that Wozniak did his best with. “Everything is possible people!” That was his main message to the students who came to see him. I was truly hoping he was going to announce a new US Festival, and this time, that he was going to do it right! With MSU’s own Naiswan opening, and AEE working the pro sound gear. To have Radiohead one day, and Pink Floyd the next would be an amazing time.
Bellow is a photo Rachelle took of Steve Wozniak that looks amazing in the room where engineering students call home. For a lot of reasons I wanted to say thank you to Steve for coming to MSU and inspiring exploration of ideas, hunches, and pursuing the fulfillment of the wants and needs of people. His talk made me realize the connection between art and engineering. They both are about building something and having that becoming better than you (the artist or the engineer ) intended. Just like Steve and the personal computer. Here he is in room 1345 EB MSU! Go green! Go Woz!
Here is a video someone recorded from the audience in the crowd of Steve talking about Apple being the best company in the world.
Also here is a great video produced by MSU’s own Russ Green