Re: Anybody got a non-working Lisa (1) to dump?

From: Chandra <cbajpai_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 07:55:58 -0700 (PDT)

Great story.

I was lucky enough to get a Lisa-1, but it took a lot of hard work and over a year to get the deal done.

My Lisa-1 came from a missile testing range in South Africa where an retired electronics tech worked.
He told me the "Lisa-2" came with a bunch of spare parts (e.g. the Lisa-1 upgrade kit).
I had him put it together in it's original Lisa-1 form and he even tested it. He was nice enough to include floppies, brochure and almost enough spare parts to build another Lisa-1 (just missing the twiggy).

My only issue is that this Lisa has a 220V power supply and not the 110 that I need (and it's the early non-switchable power supply). I'll have to swap it out when I get a chance.

The really neat thing is that the Lisa-1 face plate looks absolutely new - it must have been a Lisa-1 for only a short period of time. I'd love to get Larry Tesler, Bill Atkinson or Tripp Hawkins to autograph it...(if anyone knows them I'd love an introduction)

You should have seen the weird looks of customs asking why I was importing a 20 year old computer back into the US. They didn't even charge me any duty.

Any idea how many Lisa-1's still exist? I've heard as many as 40-50 units.


On Jul 31, 2:11 am, tommoni <tomm..._at_email.domain.hidden> wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> after reading all this more-or-less funny articles in the LisaList  
> about giving away a Lisa 1, I have to write a few lines here. Perhaps  
> this text explains, how rare a Lisa 1 is; and in deed IT IS!
> Approximately 20 years ago, there was a sold out auction in a factory  
> near my hometown. In this factory there were made HiFi components,  
> TVs, videorecorders and later on computers, too. In early till mid  
> 80ies they developped an Audio-IO Card for the Apple Lisa, but  
> unfortunately the Lisa was not long enough for sale and only few  
> people could afford to buy a Lisa, and it seems nobody really needed  
> this Audio-Card. I don't know if they ever sold a few of them or if  
> they did all the engineering work and finally dumped the whole stuff :-)
> Well, back to the sory: I read a line in the newspaper, that there is  
> an auction and decided to have a look. When I arrived, there were not  
> many people there (if I remember right: about 10 or 15) and when the  
> auction started, the guy sold the stuff of a complete engineering  
> department. When I say "complete" that's exactly what the word  
> "complete" means. You could place your bid on complete rooms,  
> including furniture, equipment, plants a.s.o. The most people only  
> wanted to buy an office chair, table or shelf and it seems I had been  
> the only one, who was looking for a computer. Finally I got the whole  
> furniture of 1 room, which had been the prototype engineering  
> devision in this factory. I went home to ask a friend, whether he can  
> help me with his VW-Van and when we arrived again a sad looking guy  
> stood there and watched us carrying away the stuff. When we stored  
> all that in the VW he came and gave us a small box with floppies and  
> said: I worked there for years ... and perhaps you will find the  
> software here very helpful...
> I never met this guy again, but I can tell you, what sorts of  
> computers I stored in the VW:
> plenty of boards, hard drives, floppy-drives, PSUs, cards for Lisa 2
> 1 Apple Lisa 1
> 7 Apple Lisa 2
> 1 Apple Lisa Prototype
> BUT, before 100 guys from the LisaList ask me now, whether I will  
> give my Lisa 1 away, I have to tell you: I sold her years ago... The  
> collector from Switzerland bought the "old Lady of computing" and I  
> was very astonished, when I saw an auction on ebay about a Lisa 1  
> half a year later. I checked after the auction had ended that this  
> item (formerly my Lisa) was sold to a guy in USA for a bit more than  
> 15000 USD. But this was 7 or 8 years ago...
> Any futher questions?
> I hope nobody is really intending to dump a Lisa... or crazy enought  
> to modd the case. aaaaaarrrrrrggggghhhh
> My heart's bleeding!
> Blasphemy!!! Don't kill a Lisa, that way!
> This is the first commercial computer on this planet using the GUI
> A milestone in computer history
> Don't forget that!
> greetings TOM from Bavaria, the center of europe, the marvellous  
> castles of Koenig Ludwig e.g. Neuschwanstein and last but not least  
> the original Oktoberfest in Munich
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