The Twentieth Century as I Remember It

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

No photo manipulation tools were used for this picture. I just scanned in a photo (taken with a Kodak Fun Saver) from my photo album. This photo is historic for the fact that it commemorated the purchase of my very first Macintosh, an SE FDHD, which cost $1,499. That day I also bought (or my mom bought) a LaserWriter IISC ($1,999) and a massive 40 MB external SCSI drive ($499). Those were the days.

Pictured: (top) the Red Baron; (middle, left to right) Sid Vicious, Martin Luther King Jr., Ronald Reagan, Mick Jagger and Brian Jones; (bottom, left to right) Frank Sinatra, me, Ayatollah Khomeini, Francesca from "Mad Monster Party" and Josef Stalin. They called us "the brat pack" because we were all kind of spoiled and went around causing trouble, especially Stalin, who was kind of the Marky Mark of the group—you know, tough but cute. Two months after this picture was taken, Sid Vicious and Reagan had kind of a falling out, and the group split up. We saw each other occasionally, but things were never really the same after that. Stalin and Sinatra remained tight though, and they recorded a cover of "Too Shy" from Kajagoogoo, which made it into the Billboard Top 100 when it was released on the soundtrack to "Cruel Intentions" (AKA "Valmont III") in 1999. Yep, that Mac SE was a great computer. I still have it, you know. In fact, I once raced an SE running System 6.0.7 versus a 160 MHz Umax running 7.6, and the SE was much faster at everything that could be compared. Makes you think.

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Dave Nagel is the brand spankin' new Senior Producer of Creative Mac. An eight-year veteran of the print publishing world, Nagel covered a broad range of topics in the areas of technology and marketing. As a Mac psychofanatic since 1987, he's finally landed his dream job: earning a living writing about his favorite topic. If you have something to say, please send a polite e-mail to [email protected]. (Let's not try to bring him down from his euphoria too soon.)