Steve Jobs’ First TV Appearance In 1978: ‘I’m Ready To Throw Up’

We think of Steve Jobs as one of the most media-savvy guys around, but as this video shows, the first time he appeared on camera, he thought he was going to puke.

Way back in 1978, a very young Jobs appeared on San Francisco news station KGO-TV to talk about the Apple II. The footage of the interview itself seems to have been lost by time, so we don’t really know how he did, but the prep footage of his interview still exists… and boy, is he new at this.

It’s kind of endearing. He’s totally amazed to be on television at all. In fact, he says he’s “deathly ill, actually, and ready to throw up at any moment.” Was he actually sick, or just nervous to the point of vomiting?

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  • Gadget

    What!!!? He’s human!!!!?

  • gettysburg11s

    He seems like he is irritated to even be there doing the spot. Obviously, he just wanted to get on with it and get out. Better things to do, and all that.

  • gettysburg11s

    He seems like he is irritated to even be there doing the spot. Obviously, he just wanted to get on with it and get out. Better things to do, and all that.

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