1984: A Most Unique Child's Birthday Party

Imagine yourself as a child turning nine years old. Your birthday party would probably consist of your best friends from school and maybe their siblings. You’d eat cake and play games like musical chairs and then open gifts. It wouldn’t be anything at all like a party held 38 years ago today in Manhattan with a star-studded guest list.   

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It was October 9, 1984, and Steve Jobs was going to a nine-year-old’s birthday party. He’d been invited just a few hours earlier by journalist David Scheff, who was wrapping up a profile of the Apple Computer wunderkind for Playboy. Jobs was far from the highest-profile guest, however. Walter Cronkite, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Louise Nevelson, John Cage, and singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson were also in attendance. And Yoko Ono, of course—it was her son’s birthday, after all.

Jobs brought a gift for young Sean Lennon: a Macintosh computer. Few people had one in 1984, and anyone who was introduced to Macintosh in the 1980s can tell you how game-changing they were. Andy Warhol was particularly impressed. A last-minute child’s birthday gift turned out to be a great way to promote a product to pop culture influencers. See pictures from that birthday party at Vintage Everyday. -via Nag on the Lake

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Source: neatorama

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