30 years later, Steve Jobs still inspires

Steve Jobs spoke at the John Hancock Hall on Jan. 30, 1984.
Steve Jobs spoke at the John Hancock Hall on Jan. 30, 1984.GREG DERR/GLOBE STAFF/FILE

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Les Squires had been out of work for some time and was not in a particularly good mood about it when he joined about 1,000 other computer professionals and aficionados in a Boston theatre to hear a rising young star of the industry.

At 28, Steve Jobs had already earned a reputation as a brash and bold challenger of the status quo. But what he unveiled that night 30 years ago in Boston — the new Macintosh computer — and the way he did it, would not only change the computer industry and influence popular culture, but inspire hundreds like Les Squires to pursue their own dreams.

“I was overcome with a real kind of enthusiasm, and I walked out of that room totally inspired,” said Squires, now 68.

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