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One-on-One with Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak

The Apple co-founder on his superpower of choice, Tetris on Mars and the best prank he's ever pulled.

Steve Wozniak

Hometown and Home Base San Jose, California

Claim to Fame Co-founder of Apple and inventor of the Apple I computer in 1976

Current Projects Writing a book of pranks and co-organizing the Silicon Valley Comic Con with Stan Lee

Travel Hack “Using my Apple Watch for boarding passes. Why pull a phone out of my pocket when there’s one right there on my wrist?”


You’re a famous prankster. What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled?
I was at the Reno airport a long time ago, and there was a phone with buttons programmed to call taxis and hotels. I unscrewed the plate and reprogrammed all the numbers to call my friend in Dallas. He was getting phone calls for months.

You’ve said that you’d take a one-way trip to Mars. What would you bring along?
My original Game Boy with Tetris, and my Kindle loaded up with books.

As a fan of superhero comics, would you rather be able to fly or become invisible?
Invisible, because of my love of pranks. But I want the greatest superpower of all: luck. That way, as Stan Lee once said at Comic Con, “If someone shoots at you, the bullet misses.”

What advancements would you like to see next in travel?
What we need is better broadband on airplanes. If you’re on a 12-hour flight without Internet, you have to spend hours catching up on what you missed when you land.

How would you recommend someone spend a day in central California?
Eat at the Grill on the Alley, the best steakhouse in San Jose. Drive through the Santa Cruz Mountains. Go to Monterey for some Dungeness crab, then visit the Museum of Art and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the world’s top aquariums. They used to have great white sharks.

Where’s the most interesting place you’ve been recently?
Oman. There are hills and creeks, and the country’s kept a lot of its culture and small communities alive, instead of obsessing over wealth.

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