Datebook: June 5 - Apple II Debuts 35 Years Ago

Jun 5, 2012

The Apple II was one of the first highly successful mass-produced microcomputer products produced by Apple and went on sale to the public on June 5, 1977... imagine the lines at an Apple store today. 

Designed by Steve Wozniak, the 8-bit home computer ran at a whopping 1 MHz, 4 kb of RAM, and had an audio cassette interface for loading programs and storing data. The video display had a luxurious display o 24 lines by 40 columns of monochrome, upper-case only text. The base model was sold for the low-low price of $1,298 and the premium, with more RAM, sold for $2,638. It had a build in speaker for cutting-edge sound technology and eventually a power supply to cut down on heat, you could fry an egg on that thing! ...Now, there's an app for that.

It’s Tuesday, June 5

The Museum of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County hosts its annual Supper in the Cemetery Saturday evening at 5 at Riverside Cemetery.  Enjoy a summer picnic supper and hear stories directly from the dearly departed.  The cost is $18 or $15 for museum members.  The reservation deadline is Thursday; call (270) 887-4270.

The Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes offers a scavenger hunt tomorrow afternoon at 1.  Pick up a list from the Double Pen House and see how many items you can discover as you walk around the farm.  The program is free with admission to the Homeplace. 

A Kentucky State Boating Safety Class will be held on June 23 at Eddy Creek Marina Resort.  The free course offers students ages 12 to 17 the chance to receive a certificate allowing them to operate power boats with parental permission. To register, call (502) 460-6495.

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