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The College MIA List #6: Those Who Dropped Out Or Never Attended

SMW, December 12, 2016 10:43 AM

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From our archives:

Read More About the Steve Wozniak Relationship 
With Steve Jobs  (Fellow M.I.A.):

 "The iPad is Steve Jobs' Final Victory Over The Company's Co-founder Steve Wozniak."


* We thought this old Slate article about Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, co-founders of Apple, was worth noting as a journey of two tinkerers whose relationship was not all was wine and roses. An excerpt:

"Apple is a schizophrenic company, a self-professed revolutionary that is closely allied with establishment forces like the entertainment conglomerates and the telecommunications industry. To understand this contradiction we need to look back to Apple's origins. Let's go back to a day in 1971 when we find a bearded young college student in thick eyeglasses named Steve Wozniak hanging out at the home of Steve Jobs, then in high school. The two young men, electronics buffs, were fiddling with a crude device they'd been working on for more than a year. That day was their eureka moment: Apple's founders had managed to hack AT&T's long-distance network. Their invention was a "blue box" that made long-distance phone calls for free. The two men, in other words, got started by defrauding the firm that is now perhaps Apple's most important business partner.

The anti-establishment spirit that underpinned the blue box still gives substance to the iconoclastic, outsider image Apple and Steve Jobs have long cultivated. Back in the 1970s, the inventors reinforced their company's ethos with their self-styling as counterculturals. Both men had long hair and opposed the Vietnam War. Wozniak, an inveterate prankster, ran an illegal "dial-a-joke" operation; Jobs would travel to India in search of a guru.

But the granular truth of Apple's origins was a bit more complicated than the simplifying imagery suggested. Even in these beginnings, there was a significant divide between the two men. There was no real parity in technical prowess: It was Wozniak, not Jobs, who had built the blue box. . . ."

Full Story from Slate Here.

The M.I.A. List

See The MIA List Grow:  Those Who Dropped Out Or Never Entered College. . . you may be surprised.  Previous posts:

M.I.A. #5
J.D. Salinger
Barbara Streisand
Frank Lloyd Wright

M.I.A. #4
Walter Cronkite
John D. Rockefeller
Coco Chanel

M.I.A #3
Ted Turner
Woody Allen
Peter Jennings

M.I.A. #2
Bill Gates
Jack Nicholson
John Glenn

M.I.A. #1
Steve Jobs
Madonna
President Harry S. Truman

 
(Ed. Note:  This is not to disparage a college education.  Point being with these posts is that not everyone is cut out for college for various reasons and should not necessarily be labeled as "not smart enough", as you can see from this list.  Hopefully, we will be more open to different routes people take in their lives.)


  • We may think that those who dropped out the college, they can become someone greater. But it is not all true either. There has lots of drop out people who are not that much successful. You can only know about those who reached at the top.

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The College MIA List #6: Those Who Dropped Out Or Never Attended

SMW, 12.12.2016

* Read More About the Steve Wozniak Relationship (Rift?) With Steve Jobs, Fellow M.I.A. In This Fascinating Piece From Slate: "The iPad is Steve Jobs' Final Victory Over The Company's Co-founder Steve Wozniak."

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