To set the stage for Steve Jobs’ June 9 keynote, Leigh McMullen of Wired.com’s Cult of Mac has done a brave and lovely thing: he’s created a multimedia time line of nearly every keynote since Jobs’ return to Apple AAPL in 1997.
Lovely because McMullen’s tiptoe through time is so nicely laid out, generously annotated with historical video clips of Steve Jobs — growing steadily more wizened — as introduces everything from the 1998 iMac to the 2008 MacBook Air.
Brave because no good deed goes unpunished. Predictably, McMullen’s labor of love has drawn nitpickers like, well, fleas.
“This is completely wrong,” wrote JakePT on Saturday morning at 3:37 a.m. “The last 5 were not ‘One More Thing’s, neither were some of them the anchor of the keynote as you say in your excuse. The Mac Pro was NOT the anchor of the Keynote, Leopard was. The Air wasn’t really even the anchor of the keynote… You’re also missing the iFund from March which was a ‘One More Thing’…
Get the idea?
You can check out the time line yourself — and watch the videos — at Cult of Mac here. I’ve pasted a sample below the fold: Steve Jobs, clean-shaven and looking 20 years younger, as he unveiled the original OS X on Jan 5, 2000.