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The Article That Fired Steve Jobs’ Imagination

In 1971, a 16-year-old Steve Jobs read an article about Phone Freaks in Esquire. The renegade group was building devices that could crack phone networks and make free calls. (Back in 1971, a free long-distance call was a big deal.) Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak showed the article to Jobs and it inspired a search for a mysterious hacker named Captain Crunch (who turned out to be an ex Air Force technician named John Draper).
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