Apple Lore

While sitting down to late afternoon tea last Wednesday, I listened idly to the various exchanges of my fellow colleagues as they began to reminisce about the days way back when, and the shipping of System 7, already sixteen years ago.

“.. and we thought we’d have to bury him in the icon garden,” laughed one woman. My ears perked up. The icon garden?

“Oh, yeah,” said another. When the campus was first built, there was a requirement by the Cupertino city council to have some form of public art on display. “So Apple put up the classic 7 icons..” The cowdog, the pixelated paint brush, the green paint bucket spilling onto the grass..

When Steve Jobs returned in ’97, the icons were the first to be axed. Then. And now.