Steve Jobs Flips IBM the Bird in This Rare 1983 Photo

Posted in Apple on 30/12/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


While Steve Jobs was often known to be somewhat of a rebel, it’s rarely made so obvious as in this 1983 photograph taken by Jean Pigozzi, which shows Jobs flipping off IBM at one of their New York buildings.

The photo, pointed out by CultofMac, certainly conveys the rebellious spirit that Jobs was known for through the years, especially in his younger years. The image was posted by original Macintosh team member Andy Hertzfield in a recent Google+ update:

In memoriam for Steve Jobs as 2011 draws to a close, here’s one more rare photo that illustrates his rebellious spirit. In December 1983, a few weeks before the Mac launch, we made a quick trip to New York City to meet with Newsweek, who was considering doing a cover story on the Mac. The photo was taken spontaneously as we walked around Manhattan by Jean Pigozzi, a wild French jet setter who was hanging out with us at the time. Somehow I ended up with a copy of it.

It’s a great photo, and I’m thrilled that Hertzfield decided to share it with the world. His editor originally wanted Hertzfield to include the photo in his book, Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made, but was too timid to ask Steve Jobs for permission at the time.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.