From June 19thÂ to September 19thÂ BasicGallery,Â BasicNetÂ Group's historical archive, presents @ the Cupertino Historical Society & Museum (California, USA) its new cultural study "Homage to the Information Technologyâ€ť.
The exhibition tells the story of visionaries and entrepreneurs who, between 1975 and 1985, turned digital breakthroughs into a cultural revolution. During the next 30 years, this group of pioneers, championing what they called the â€śnoble cause,â€ť making information accessible to everyone.Â
A series of video-interviews with the players of the time â€“ including John Sculley, Allan Alcorn, Daniel Kottke, Jack Tramiel, Chuck Peddle, Lee Felsestein and Steve Wozniak â€“ will take visitors through the exhibitionâ€™s machines that made the history of the IT Revolution. Among them, the Programma 101 (Italy, Olivetti, 1965) and a very rare Apple-1 (Usa, Apple, 1976) complete with its original kit: the only â€śsurvivorâ€ť (there are no other examples known) with the original box sent from the Los Altos garage at Steve Jobs parentsâ€™ house, the original invoice featuring â€śStevenâ€ť as the salesman, a personal letter from Mr. Jobs to the customer and one of the first BASIC tapes without an Apple logo. For the first time in its history, the toolbox Steve Wozniak used to assemble the Apple-1 will be on display with his creation. Â
The show â€“ conceived by BasicNet founder and president Marco Boglione (in the picture with its own Apple-1) â€“Â was curated by Cecilia Botta for BasicGallery, the historical archive of the Turin-based industrial group, which houses one of the most complete collections in the world of early computer history, and coordinated by Fabrizio Vitagliano, of the Cupertino Historical Society & Museum Board of Directors, and Jennifer Furlong, CHSMâ€™s Executive Director.Â