31 Oct '11, 7am

Long Before Apple's Macintosh, There Was McIntosh's Apple

Long Before Apple's Macintosh, There Was McIntosh's Apple

McIntosh was born in 1777, the son of Scottish immigrants living in New York's Mohawk Valley. When he was around 20-years-old, young John fell in love with a girl of whom his parents disapproved, so he ran away with her across the border to Upper-Canada to try his hand at farming. After several unremarkable years, John eventually married and purchased a largely undeveloped plot of land near the village of Dundela from which he could derive his living. Then one day in the Spring of 1811, while clearing an untamed region of his farm, McIntosh stumbled upon a natural wonder that would shape his legacy. There among the overgrowth, John found a dozen or so plants that stood out from the rest: young apple saplings, thriving in the wild where apples weren't known to grow. Aside from crabapples, nearly all apple varieties growing in North America were imported from Europe, so McIn...

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