Love Notes to Newton

The Undiscovered Country

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” – Isaac Newton

One thing I didn’t anticipate was how willing some of the original development
team of Newton and Newton OS would be to sit down and talk with me. As a result, half of the film is actually going to contain quite a lot of the history and philosophy of the Newt. I have uncovered a lot that was news to me (though not necessarily to anyone well-versed in Newton lore), for example, the Newton was originally meant to be a large slate-type device which would have a lot of advanced technology (and even a subwoofer) and cost $6000-8000 (in ’90s money!). That makes the iPhone X look like a steal. However, I don’t want to forget the original purpose of the film: to celebrate what came after the demise of the Newton team at Apple and the people involved today…

Love Notes to Newton

Trip to Dusseldorf, Germany, and Paris, France

On September 25th I’m departing for a whirlwind trip to Dusseldorf to meet certain well-known active community members there, then heading to Paris for the 28 and 29tth for the same reason. If anyone is in those areas and willing to meet up with me, let me know. I’ll also be heading back to the Bay Area on October 23rd until the 29th, and spending the 30th in Seattle. Not exactly a vacation, this is all the time I could afford. I also have connections in Vancouver and possibly Phoenix, and will be spending time in Calgary and New York very soon.


Interviewees (so far)

Love Notes to Newton is a film about Newton, but it’s really a film about people. Here are some of the amazing people who have participated so far.

Steve Capps, programmer of much of the Newton UI (as well as Mac OS and Lisa).


Wally Cherwinski, Apple Fan, Ottawa Canada.

Sir iZaac, Newton fan extraordinaire and former member of Stanford Newton Users Group.

Anna Cipollone



Sandy Benett, COO at Newton, Inc. before it was absorbed back into Apple under Steve Jobs.

Larry Yaeger, creator of the Newton’s Printed handwriting recognizer, “Rosetta” (or is it “Mondello”?).

Tao Flaherty

James Joaquin, Developer Relations at Apple during the Newton project, marketing guru and Venture Capitalist.

Harry McKracken, Technologist and former editor at PC World.

B Dudney, Newton fan and former avid user.

Andrei Chichak, Engineer and hardware developer for Newton.

Adam Tow, Newton developer and organizer of the Apple Campus protest when Newton was cancelled.

Eckhart Koppen, Tampere, Finland, creator of many pieces of Newton software, most notably the Year 2010 fix (and maybe one day the Year 2026 fix!)

Tony Kahn, Christchurch New Zealand, author of

Cédrick Sartout and Sylvain Pilet, Newton enthusiasts

Walter Smith, developer of NewtonScript

Pawel Piotrowski,

Love Notes to Newton

Original Artwork for Indiegogo Tees by Frank Orlando

Our campaign ran on the backs of these shirts by illustrator and creative director Frank Orlando. We will still be selling them! Stay tuned for an updated purchase page. From the original description:

$25 USD + Shipping – Retro ❤️ Newt T-Shirt
Choose your Newton and show off your retro roots with this stylish tee with vintage flare. This 100% Cotton preshrunk shirt is double-stitched. It’s vintage but stylish. Created with love by illustrator (and Newton fan) Frank Orlando of . Black-on-green or white-on-purple.

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Video Submission Guidelines

A few people have asked me to clarify what kind of videos I would like people to submit for the film.  Although I am happy with any kind of interesting content, here are the questions that I would ask you if I was there interviewing you myself.  This can serve as a guide, especially if like me you need guidelines to know where to start. If doing an interview, some questions you might start with:

  •  Tell me a little bit about who you are, where you’re from, what you do and what your interests are.
  •  When and where did you first find out about Newton?
  •  What do you think was so special about Newton?
  •  How have you been involved with the Newton community?
  •  Show me your Newt(s), and tell me about it(them)!
  •  How did you feel when Apple cancelled Newton?
  •  What’s next for Newton?
  •  What else do you think it’s important for people to know about Newton?

Or you could shoot a video of your Newton in interesting places, much like the “Who is Newton” commercial. 

Of course, everybody is different, which is what is so exciting about this project! If you have any ideas about other questions I should ask, please contact me and if I agree I will add them to the list.

When you are ready to submit, it can be done here.

Love Notes to Newton

A Film Coming February 27th, 2018

This is a film about a little green computer and the people who love it.

Newton was the first mass-produced touchscreen handheld computer made by Apple. It only lasted a few years on the market (1993 to 1998), but that wasn’t because it sucked! A large community of people still love Newton, and this film is an homage to the little device(s) by the people who still remember and even still use one.

We have just finished a crowdfunding campaign which raised almost $7000 USD among a little over 100 fans.

Top countries were USA at $3498, 50 contributions, Canada at $2716, 32 contributions, Germany at $248, and the UK then Hong Kong at $171 and $125 respectively.Japan, Mexico, India, Spain, France, Italy, Australia,

So what does this mean? It means we’re making a film! We are now beginning production with hopes to deliver the final film to backers in February, 2018.

More to come.