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In conversation with Martin Kaplan, Associate Dean, USC Annenberg School of Communication
On June 29, 1975, a young computer geek figured out a way to bring computing into our homes, make it personal, & make home computing second nature. His new memoir reveals the weird, wild, brilliant iconoclast behind the Mac.
Steve Wozniak is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, the highest award an inventor in the United States can receive. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame & was awarded the Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy & Employment "for single-handedly designing the first personal computer & for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics & electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students & their teachers."
Martin Kaplan, director of The Norman Lear Center, is associate dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & a USC Annenberg Research Professor.
He has been a White House speechwriter; a Washington journalist; a deputy presidential campaign manager; a Disney studio executive; a motion picture & television producer & screenwriter; a radio host; & a blogger.
He graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude in molecular biology, where he was president of the Harvard Lampoon. As a Marshall Scholar, he received a First in English from Cambridge University in England. As a Danforth Fellow, he received a Ph.D. in Modern Thought & Literature from Stanford University.
He has been a program officer at the Aspen Institute; executive assistant to U.S. Commissioner of Education Ernest L. Boyer; chief speechwriter to Vice President Walter F. Mondale; deputy op-ed editor & columnist for the Washington Star; host of "So What Else Is News?" on Air America Radio; & a blogger on HuffingtonPost.com. In the Mondale presidential campaign he was in charge of policy, speechwriting, issues, & research.
He worked at Disney for 12 years, both as a studio vice president in live-action feature films, & as a writer-producer.
He has credits on The Distinguished Gentleman, starring Eddie Murphy, which he wrote & executive produced; Noises Off, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, which he adapted for the screen; & Max Q, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for ABC.
The Norman Lear Center is a research & public policy center examining the impact of entertainment on society.
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