The legend of Mr. Macintosh is still a mystery to most people today. Is he real? The story comes from folklore.org, a website filled with anecdotes about the development of Apple’s original Macintosh computer, and the people who created it. Andy Hertzfeld, a designer for the Macintosh system software tells the story of Steve Jobs bursting into his office back in February 1982, with a “flash of inspiration.” He came up with an wild idea of creating Mr. Macintosh.

Mr. Macintosh is a mysterious little man who lives inside each Macintosh. He pops up every once in a while, when you least expect it, and then winks at you and disappears again. It will be so quick that you won’t be sure if you saw him or not… One out of every thousand or two times that you pull down a menu, instead of the normal commands, you’ll get Mr. Macintosh, leaning against the wall of the menu. He’ll wave at you, then quickly disappear. You’ll try to get him to come back, but you won’t be able to.”
~Steve Jobs (1982)

Unfortunately, the idea never materialized. The only appearance of Mr. Macintosh (to the best of my knowledge) was on couple of the early Macintosh prototype circuit boards. That’s what inspired me to create this 6 second Vine video. I wonder if this is how Steve envisioned Mr. Macintosh?

Please let me know in the comments section if you have any more information about the mysterious legend.