About

Here's some background that goes beyond what's covered elsewhere on this site.

Apple

My interest in computers dates back to the 1970s. From HP programmable calculators to a mainframe system running Honeywell's Multics OS, I was soon hooked. By the early 1980's, I was using an Apple II at work. In 1983, I decided it was time to get my first home computer. I was about to buy an Apple IIe when word of the Macintosh began to leak out. So I waited. In January 1984, I went to a local computer store the day that the Mac hit the shelves. A few minutes later, my mind was made up. The Macintosh was the train to the future and I wanted to get on board. I bought one that day.

My desire to learn about the Mac went far beyond what I needed to know for my "day job" as a professor. This intense interest eventually led to a career that included all the activities noted in the other sections of this site.

I retired in 2015. You can read the details here.

Personal recognition. I was twice included in the MDJ Power 25 (2000 and 2001) as one of the 25 most influential people in the Mac community. In 2007, I was included on the MacTech 25, another list of the most influential Mac people.

Beyond Apple

In addition to my “Apple career,” I was a professor of Psychology at Oakland University (in Michigan) from 1977 until I retired in 2004.

My area of speciality was biological psychology, working with how hormones affect behavior. I also have a special interest in evolution and behavior, [A brief aside: I have been a long-time admirer of Richard Dawkins (author of The Selfish Gene). When Dawkins wrote The Blind Watchmaker, he also wrote a Macintosh program to accompany the book. My two worlds (Psychology and Apple) briefly came together at this point: I had the opportunity to interview Professor Dawkins for an article published in the MACazine in 1988.]

My wife Naomi is a retired social worker. After I left Oakland University, we moved back to to the East Bay of San Francisco (where she grew up and where I got my doctorate at U.C. Berkeley). Today, we continue to enjoy living in one of the most beautiful and vibrant places on earth.

My son Brian lives in Longmont, CO (near Boulder), together with his wife Stevi and their daughter Lillia. Brian works at Viget as a web developer. He received his BA from Oberlin College and a Masters in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Updated: May 2015

© Ted Landau 2015