One man stepped back in time when he opened up his decades-old Apple computer to discover a treasure trove of heartwarming memories.
John Pfaff, a Fordham University law professor, discovered the Apple IIe computer in his parents’ attic one February day and could not resist the urge to bring it home to see if it worked.
In 1983, the third model of the Apple II series was released — leading Pfaff to believe his computer is at least 30 years old.
And while the professor did not think the computer would even turn on — he decided to go for it and try it out.
Needless to say, he was beyond shocked when it actually worked.
He then ecstatically posted to Twitter, saying:
“Oh. My. God. An Apple IIe. Sat in my parents’ attic for years. Decades. And it works. Put in an old game disk. Asks if I want to restore a saved game. And finds one! It must be 30 years old. I’m 10 years old again.”
The original tweet has since gone viral garnering thousands of likes.
Pfaff eventually shared images from the saved game of Adventureland and later admitted “three decades later I can’t quite remember where I left off.”
Pfaff then joked about how his kids would respond to the lucky find, saying:
“My kids thought things were insanely retro when my wife and I played NES Super Mario on the oldest’s Switch. Tomorrow morning their definition of retro is going to shift significantly.”
Pfaff then tested out multiple other floppy disk games to see which one would work — including Millionware, Olympic Decathlon, and Neuromancer.
And to his surprise, they worked.
But that wasn’t the only treasure Pfaff discovered.
He then found a letter his father typed to him in 1986 which was saved on the computer.
The sentimental find was all the more sweet as Pfaff lost his father a year ago.
In a picture of the letter on the vintage screen, the professor tweeted out:
“Just found this letter my dad typed to me in 1986, when I was 11 and at summer camp.”
“I REALLY WONDER what my theory about the daily newspaper comics Spider-Man was. My dad passed away almost exactly a year ago. It’s amazing to come across something so ‘ordinary’ from him.”
The letter saw Pfaff’s dad promise to keep the daily cartoons from the newspaper so he could read them when he came home from camp.
At the time, Pfaff had a theory about Spider-Man with his dad wanting to know if it’s true.
The letter ended with:
“Hope that you are enjoying camp. The camp Councillors that we talked with we liked. Looks like you have a busy schedule, but also one which should be fun. We are really looking forward to hearing about your adventures.”
Pfaff reflected on his dad further, sharing:
“My dad typed up labels for all my floppies, which is really sweet to remember. He was so thorough that he even included…who hacked the games. (I’m the only person in my immediately family who went to law school.)”
I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying!
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