THE Computer History Museum held an event on January 31 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Lisa computer. The event featured interviews with members of the Lisa development team, a demo of Lisa, and even a “one more thing” moment. The museum announced that it has released a video of the event, which can be watched on YouTube.
Moderated by Kate Hafnerthe 100 minute event includes interviews with Lisa software manager Bruce Danielstechnical director Wayne Rosagraphic artist Annette Wagnerand responsible for market development Dan’l Lewin. Team members share their experiences with Lisa’s development, release, and short time on the market. Also, journalist Steve Levi examines why the Lisa was a commercial failure.
[Spoiler alert for this paragraph!] At the end of the video is what Dan’l Lewin calls a “one more thing” moment, and it features Steve Jobs’ daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, wishing Lisa a happy birthday. You can skip to that part of the video.
The event was part of the museum’s Lisa 40th anniversary celebration. In early January, the museum made the source code for Lisa software available for free download. The event was sponsored by The Verge, which published an article on the Lisa’s legacy and published at photo collection Of Bill Atkinsonwho designed and developed Lisa’s GUI.