Minutes after giving the annual John S. Knight Lecture at a sold-out E.J. Thomas Hall Monday night at the
Wozniak amiably chatted one-on-one, posed for pictures, cracked jokes and even signed old
One guest asked him to autograph a new
"People ask me if I have an iPhone and I always say no," Wozniak said with a straight face as he wrote on the phone.
"I have two," he said, reaching into his pocket to show them off as his audience laughed.
"This is his work. This is what changed the world, his work," Pelletier said. "There are very few game changers like Steve."
He likened Wozniak to the Thomas Edison of the current day. "Once a century there's an inventor like Steve."
The father and son were hoping Wozniak would sign the board. They weren't disappointed -- Wozniak signed the board and talked about its design with them.
Besides getting Wozniak's signature, Pelletier came away with something more valuable. Pelletier, founder of
"I do biotech but it's the same inspiration," he said.
If the Aeromics drug works out, "we could save millions of lives a year," he said.
Pelletier briefly described to Wozniak what his company is working on and Wozniak handed over one of his business cards -- a high-tech card made out of metal. "You could slice a steak with it," Pelletier said.
"I asked him where he thought he would be if he didn't grow up in
"It's really cool. It's really inspirational," she said.
She said the lesson she is taking from Wozniak's talk is "you have to have fun with things. And he's all about humor. You have to be creative. He's more about innovation, being creative, funny."
Wozniak talked about humor and innovation during his hourlong talk, billed as a "Vision for the Future of Technology."
He spoke largely about his insights and his life, starting with his childhood in
"I was very much a nerd, an outsider," Wozniak said.
He read books about computing and that led him to wonder if he could design a computer by himself, he said. His father helped his interest, giving him computer manuals, he said.
Wozniak also described himself as a practical joker.
"I think humor and creativity go together," he said. "Think differently."
Wozniak talked about meeting
Jobs wasn't an engineer like he was, Wozniak said. They both were influenced by the counterculture of the time, with Jobs more of a "hippie" type, he said. "We became best friends. We enjoyed talking about technology."
That led the two to co-found
Wozniak touched on Jobs being forced out of
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