The NeXT software and hardware were designed, he said, after three years of consulting with universities across the country.
"What we realized was that higher ed wants a personal mainframe." As usual there were superlatives.
The product was "incredible," he said, "the best thing we could have imagined."
He praised the beauty of even the parts unseen.
Balancing on his fingertips the foot-square circuit board that would be nestled in the foot-cube box, he enthused,
"I hope you get a chance to look at this a little later.
It's the most beautiful printed circuit board I've ever seen in my life."
He then showed how the computer could play speeches
he featured King's "I Have a Dream" and Kennedy's "Ask Not"--and send email with audio attachments.
He leaned into the microphone on the computer to record one of his own.
"Hi, this is Steve, sending a message on a pretty historic day."
Then he asked those in the audience to add "a round of applause" to the message, and they did.