A Relic Of Apple History — And Steve Jobs' Generosity — Returned!

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The late Apple luminary Steve Jobs garnered loads of accolades in his time. But, one area he was notoriously discredited was in his philanthropies — as many publicly claimed, his involvement in charities and non-profits fell flat when compared to other tech powerhouses (cough, Bill Gates).

According to The New York Times, that rumor is now being debunked. Laurene Powell Jobs recently received a relic of Apple history — and of Jobs’ generosity — in the form of an Apple II computer. It was originally given to the Seva Foundation (a non-profit aimed toward repairing eyesight in citizens in developing countries), and was hiding in a basement in Katmandu, Nepal for the last 33 years.

In the '70s, Jobs offered Seva the early-model computer and a $5,000 check as a token of his respect for the expanding company’s endeavors, which subsequently accelerated more funding and resources for the foundation. Founder Larry Brilliant (who is also a long-time friend of the Jobs family) credits Jobs’ spiriting token to the success of his company and the computer to the inspiration behind his invention the The Well — an early online social-networking community. Who knew?

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