Steve Wozniak Turns His 70th Birthday Into a Charity Event

In 2000 Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak answered questions from Slashdot readers. More than 20 years later,
CNET writes:
Party on, Woz. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak turned 70 on Tuesday, and invited the world to his virtual birthday party. The event raised funds for singer Jewel’s Inspiring Children Foundation, which provides mentorship and mental health resources for at-risk youth. And while the star-studded event is over, you can watch the replay online.

Wozniak and his wife, Janet, can be seen in party footage watching the event from their Northern California home. The celebration featured recorded performances and birthday greetings from such celebrities as William Shatner, Kristi Yamaguchi, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Rick, Nancy Pelosi, Emmylou Harris and more.

There’s now a three-hour-plus video of the party, complete with comments from those who already watched, available to view online. If you want it in shorter slices, Wozniak has been sharing brief videos from the party on his Twitter account

The party may be over, but it was the kickoff event for “11 Days of Wozdom,” a series of social media challenges, with prizes for some participants.

There’s also a terrific biographical video on the site — plus a link to 24 special auctions supporting Woz’s favority charity. Bid on a dinner with both Woz and comedian Drew Carey, a tour with Woz of comedian Jay Leno’s classic car garage, or a private concert with Jewel that’s hosted by Woz. (And there’s also a meeting with Woz on Zoom, and a chance to have him record a personalized video message.)

It looks like everyone’s celebrating. In 2010 Jonathan Mann, who writes a song a day, recorded the viral hit “That’s Just the Woz” to celebrate Steve Wozniak’s 60th birthday. This week — now up to song #4,235 — Mann recorded a follow-up song, also pointing his viewers to the URL for Woz’s favorite charity.

“Instead of presents, help save and transform children’s lives,” Woz tweeted on Monday.