Woolly Apple Fanatics: Zac Boatright

On Friday, March 11th Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is launching a one-day-only campaign called “Show Us Your iCrazy” in conjunction with the launch of the iPad2 and upcoming production of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. Blogs will be posted throughout the day. You can also follow Woolly staff as they report live from three DC-area Apple store locations. They will be live-tweeting using the hashtag #ShowUsYouriCrazy and photos will be posted on the Woolly Facebook Page throughout the day. Want to share YOUR story of Apple obsession? Click here, and we’ll post some of your answers to our blog.

Do you remember the first time you touched an Apple product? If so, what was it and how old were you?

My father bought an Apple II while my mother was in her first trimester with me. When I was born my father was writing software for the Apple II that ran on cassettes because the computers from that era did not yet have floppy drives. That computer later became mine when my Dad upgraded to the “Next Best Thing” – a Zenith computer running one of the first versions of DOS.

How many Apple products have you owned in your lifetime (and list them if you can):

Eight.

Apple II, Apple G4, 5th Gen Ipod, 1st Gen Iphone, iPhone 3G, Iphone 3GS, Macbook Pro, Mac Mini

Do you remember when you first became an “Apple person?” When was it and why?

Apple released the iPod, and it was game over. I owned a Microsoft Zune for a year and I never fell in love with the software. iTunes was so intuitive and having a device that used that platform completely sold me on Apple products. I stilled used Windows computers for work, but I slowly developed a love affair with the OS X platform, and eventually made the switch.

Do you have a story about a time when your Apple product crashed/almost crashed? Please tell it in as much detail as you can:

Being an uber-technical person I’ve never trouble myself with having serious hardware or software failures. I make back-ups so often that when my equipment fails I simply get it fixed then reload. I was trained at a young age to treat computers like they’re small children. Eventually they’re going to break something, and you just have to be prepared for it.  I can reload literally any Version of Windows, or Mac OSX blind folded with an auto-loading boot disk that restores an image of both operating systems on my MacBook Pro in less than 2 hours. I run Parellels with OSX Snow Leopard and  Windows 7 Ultimate at the same time.  I’m a techno-pimp.

What is your favorite Apple product and why?

The iPhone is easily the best device ever invented on this planet. It was sent down from heaven to save mankind from flip phones, and forever change the landscape of mobile computing and technology forever. All should bow down before iPhone.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line to buy an Apple product?

I don’t wait in lines. I wait for the product to be vetted by the community, then invest my money when I’m comfortable with the product.

What product do you think will be next for Apple?

iBrain. A computer you can plant in the back of your skull and load information into which can be instantly transmitted to your neural pathways.

 

How many Apple stores have you been to, and which Apple store location is your favorite?

I’ve traveled the world for business. I’ve used apple computers in a business capacity for so long that I couldn’t possibly fathom the number of Apple Stores I’ve been to, but I personally really like the one here in Washington, DC at Pentagon City. The people there are nice.  I also am a big fan of the store in Edina, MN at a mall near where I used to work.

 

~Zac Boatright, Sales Manager

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