Rare Apple Lisa Demonstration from 1984 (video)

This is why I love YouTube. This video is a from a 1984 local cable station where the Apple Lisa was demonstrated for the first time (to that viewing audience, anyway). The intro is a little long – but this is a great video to watch.

In this video Alfred introduces the audience to the concept of a computer “desktop”, shows us what “icons” are, and even explains this crazy thing called a “mouse”.

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  1. George says

    It is amazing what we now take for granted was at that time a historical breakthrough. God bless Jeff Raskin and all the people who worked at that time to Apple in order to bring this to the world. Thank you for the video. It was worth watching it. Take care.

  2. says

    Absolutely amazing… 22 years ago the magic of Apple was overwhelming, like it is now. I agree with George. This was indeed a historical breakthrough and a huge step forward for our dear Apples!

  3. says

    Great video, I was just talking to my friend about the Lisa computer and he found this clip for me. The internet is so amazing. Lets not forget that xerox actually developed this type of GUI interface with the mouse. I grew up with computers in the schools with computer labs but no computer history class. Computer history was being made by Steve Jobs and Bill Gates with their visionary leadership while I was growing up. I was only 3 years old when this computer was introduced and that interface is so natural to me.

    Thanks again!

  4. Phenidate says

    OMG! Thank you for posting this amazing video, I really appreciated it. If only you had not wanked on for the first 15 minutes. Imagine the number who would have given up and missed this historical video…


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