• Apple flies Pirate Flag over Cupertino HQ in celebration of its 40th Anniversary


    Today, Apple is flying a pirate flag of its headquarters in Cupertino in celebration of its 40th anniversary.



    Following the launch of Lisa , in 1983 the Mac team held an off-site retreat in Carmel. CEO at the time, Steve Jobs would begin the retreat with saying.

    1. Real Artists Ship
    2. It's better to be a pirate than join the navy.
    3. Mac in a book by 1986.


    A few days before we moved into the new building, Capps bought some black cloth and sewed it into a flag. He asked Susan Kare to paint a big skull and crossbones in white at the center. The final touch was the requisite eye-patch, rendered by a large, rainbow-colored Apple logo decal. We wanted to have the flag flying over the building early Monday morning, the first day of occupancy, so the plan was to install it late Sunday evening.


    The pirates remark may have addressed feelings that the Mac team was getting too big and bureaucratic. In August of 1983 the team moved to a larger building now over 80 employees strong. To make the team feel at home, Steve Capps, a programmer thought to fly a pirate flag.

    Sunday night at around 10PM, Capps climbed onto the roof and found a few rusty nails, he used them to secure the flag pole to a groove in the roof.

    We weren't sure how everyone would react to the flag, especially Steve Jobs, but Steve and almost everyone else loved it, so it became a permanent fixture of the building. It usually made me smile when I caught a glimpse of it as I came to work in the morning.
    You can read more information about the flag here. Folklore.org: Pirate Flag

    Happy 40th Anniversary to Apple.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple flies Pirate Flag over Cupertino HQ in celebration of its 40th Anniversary started by Caiden Spencer View original post
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      miketurbo123 -
      Wow! 40 years
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