Retro Scan of the Week: The Apple IIe: Part of this Complete Breakfast

July 10th, 2006 by Benj Edwards
John Kerry and the Apple IIe Breakfast

Every Sunday morning, it’s a family tradition in Senator John Kerry’s household to have breakfast in bed with the kids…and his Apple IIe computer system. After a few heated rounds of Karateka over who will get the last piece of bacon, it’s back work for Mr. Kerry — plotting his next political victory without ever having to put on slippers.

Seriously; I thought I was the only one who set up heavy computer equipment on unsturdy, impermanent places like couches and beds. After all, nothing screams out “computer desk” like an imitation goose down comforter.

[Scanned from from a 1982 Apple IIe Sales Brochure]

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10 Responses to “Retro Scan of the Week: The Apple IIe: Part of this Complete Breakfast”

  1. gnome Says:

    Brilliant! Can’t really explain why though…

  2. Bjorn Nitmo Says:

    I’m with you gnome. I can’t figure out what it is about this scan that I like so much. It certainly captures a time gone by…

  3. Bunson_Honeydew Says:

    Mom……Dad…….I peed the computer……

  4. OldSkoolBlog Says:

    Computing in bed…

    You guys just have to check out this ad scan from!

  5. gnome Says:


  6. RedWolf Says:

    In case anybody’s wondering: no, it’s not really John Kerry. That was a joke.

  7. John Kerry Says:

    I have to correct a couple of items.

    1) In 1982, I was elected Lietenant Governor of Massachusetts

    2) That would be Vanessa Kerry (born 1976) closest to the computer.
    I dunno who the boy is, probably some slacker gaming dude.

    I’m a lifelong ‘sixer’, not a huge Intel/Zilog user – if you need proof, check out my speech, where I claim my Daughters used the Atari.

  8. Niero Says:

    lol that’s great, you made my day. I remember freezing in computer lab with thermal printers surrounded by these things. The thought of having one of them appear next to me in bed is akin to a bleeding horsehead.

  9. Travis Wagner Says:

    Of course younger people will look at that picture and say, “Hey, where’s the mouse?” or “Hey, where’s the desk top so I can click on something!?”


  10. Cody Says:

    They all look so happy 🙁 And that kid is actually learning from a book!

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