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About Ronald G. Wayne

RONALD G. WAYNE A PERSONAL HISTORY

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 17, 1934, Mr. Wayne came into the world of the Great Depression. By his teenage years his talents for graphic arts, and tinkering of all kinds, with a particular fascination for all things electrical, had already begun to color his personality, and indicate his inevitable future. It was the age of vacuum tube electronics when, following World War II, Ron would haunt the world of war surplus stores, which then flooded the country. When other kids were frolicking at sand-lot baseball, Mr. Wayne was cobbling together crystal radios, and laboring his way through Navy Training Courses in basic electronics, from manuals then being published by the U.S. Government printing office. The only conflict he had, at that age, was whether to reach for a career in art and industrial design, or in electrical engineering.

1950 ~ 1970

By the early 1950’s he’d relocated to New York City, where he entered the School of Industrial Arts, majoring in Industrial Design and Architecture. He was graduated with his High School diploma, in 1953. A compelling need to earn a living, as well as his financial limitations, made college an impossible dream. But his first job after leaving school was in the offices of an electronic publications company, as a draftsman, illustrator and technical writer – a position which opened up the whole world of technology. That’s when his future in Product Development and Electrical Engineering, combined. In the next decades, many demanding positions in these fields enhanced Mr. Wayne’s evolution, as a self-taught engineer, with sufficient skills to eventually conclude his career – in 1998 – after a sixteen year engagement as Chief Engineer with Thor Electronics – an engineering and product development enterprise, with involvement in both military and commercial products.

@ New York, High school of Art and Design

1970 ~ Present

 

Along the way, a three-year employment at Atari,in the mid-1970s, enabled a meeting, and modest friendship with Steven Jobs, and eventually, with Steve Wozniak. As is well known, that relationship eventually resulted in the three-way founding of the Apple Computer Company. The fact was, however, that Mr. Wayne was then in his forties, while Jobs and Wozniak were in their twenties, and Wayne’s principle job was to act as guide and advisor in the founding of their new enterprise. In his earlier experience, Wayne had extensive experience in the development of electronic gaming machines, and at one point had even founded his own corporation, for the creation of such machines – though, in his own words, he was a better engineer than a businessman. Nonetheless, his extensive background had been of substantial assistance in the founding of the new Apple Company.

Apple's first Logo

© Apple computer co.

Soon, however, in his own telling, Wayne realized that he was standing in the shadow of engineering giants, who’s need for him would extend to the founding and maintenance of the company’s documentation department – rather than employing his skills in the creation of new products. As Wayne has described it, “Jobs and Wozniak were whirlwinds, and almost impossible to keep up with. If I’d stayed on, through the corporate phase of Apple, I’d have ended up as the richest man in the cemetery.” Now at the age of 84, and in exceptionally good health, Wayne has retired into a comfortable age, and a pleasant residence in Pahrump, Nevada, where he enjoys his passtime at collector’s stamps and coins.

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