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Waiting for Espinosa

Chris Espinosa [1] has long been an unsung hero of Apple Computer Inc.; as Apple employee #8, he holds the record for the company's longest-running employment. He occasionally pops up on radars to give an interview [2] or unveil some historical blueprints [3], he blogs about Apple history [4], and I'm told he occasionally speaks at WWDC [5]'s Stump the Experts panel.

Yet I've never had the opportunity to meet or speak with Espinosa. As editor of Juiced.GS [6], I have more than a passing interest in retro Apple topics. Whether it's Chris Espinosa, Steve Wozniak, Andy Hertzfeld, or Bob Bishop [7], I love to meet the industry's founders and learn more about life at Apple.

So imagine my surprise when, while attending the Denver County Fair [8] this past weekend, who should I bump into but none other than Cris Espinosa!

Espinosa was very gracious as I explained my role in managing an annual Apple convention [9], how excited I was to meet such a celebrity, and could I please get a photo? Espinosa graciously paused grooming a chicken [10] to come out from behind the table and pose, telling me that with my gushing enthusiasm, "You just made my day."

Cris Espinosa

I can't tell which of us was more surprised!

I don't know why the County Fair's name tag is missing the 'h' in Espinosa's first name, but I'm sure it's not a big deal.

The above attempt at humor has caused far more confusion than I anticipated. To clarify:
Chris Espinosa (male) is a Cupertino-based programmer for Apple Inc.
Cris Espinosa (female) is a Denver-based chicken farmer.

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#1 Comment By Steven Weyhrich On Aug 13, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

Amazing how much younger C(h)ris looks than I would have expected!

#2 Comment By Antoine On Aug 13, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

I am skeptical.
Is that the same Chris Espinosa?

#3 Comment By DF On Aug 14, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

No. Mr. Espinosa is a man, and he does not have any female features.

#4 Comment By Brian On Aug 14, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

:) I'm sure it was just a typo on the name tag. No chance this was a totally different person or anything like that!