A Treasure Trove of Steve Jobs Stories (and this one is true)

Valleywag has put together “A Treasure Trove of Steve Jobs Stories“. All of them sound pretty likely to me, but there’s one where I can add something:

“Not 100% sure if this is what you were looking for, but in 1998, the first year Macworld moved from the two convention centers in Boston to the Javits Center in New York City, I was walking around the lobby area trying to make my way back onto the convention floor. I was 13 at the time, playing with my 4 year old Newton 120 which my dad had given to me.

Now back in 1998 Steve Job wasn’t supposed to show up for the Keynote, he was going to do it via satellite [this is true], but much to my amazement however I see 10 feet in front of me, Steve Jobs.

I’m standing there watching the CEO of Apple and his 4-5 deep entourage yelling at the security guard. As I moved closer I heard one of the entourage say ‘This is Steve Jobs, he is the CEO of Apple Computer’ to which the guard replied ‘He is not the CEO of the Javits Center, he needed a badge to enter.’ So it seems in his last minute choice to go to Macworld, no one got Mr. Jobs an badge. Whoops.”

I know that this one is true, because I was there when it happened.

Jobs was smiling ruefully while his attendant flunkies were going absolutely ballistic. I distinctly remember one of them saying to the guard “don’t you know who this is? It’s his show! You’re going to get fired!”

To which the guy replied “I don’t care who he is. No badge, so he’s not coming in.”

To his credit, Jobs just smiled and said “I think I’ll come back later”.

  • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com Shawn King

    LOL So was I! I talked to the VP of Expo afterwards – Jobs wanted the guy fired. The VP said, “No – he was doing his job.” :)