Al Gore joins Apple's Board; advises Google
Wed, 19 Mar 2003 16:37:34 -0800
..."boxers or briefs," indeed....!
Al Gore joins Apple's board
By Ian Fried
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
March 19, 2003, 1:38 PM PT
In a statement, CEO Steve Jobs noted that Gore is an avid Mac user who
edits his own videos using Final Cut Pro. However, Gore's support of
the Mac has not been unwavering, with the politician having said three
years ago that he had switched from a Mac to a PC. Gore was chosen as a
director at a meeting of Apple's board earlier Wednesday.
"Al brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and wisdom to Apple from
having helped run the largest organization in the world--the United
States government," Jobs said. "Al is going to be a terrific director,
and we're excited and honored that he has chosen Apple as his first
private sector board to serve on."
In a statement, Gore praised Jobs for rebuilding Apple.
"Steve and his team have done an incredible job in making Apple once
again the very best in the world," Gore said. "I have been particularly
impressed with the new Mac OS X operating system and the company's
commitment to the open-source movement. And I am especially looking
forward to working with and learning from the great board members who
have guided this legendary company's inspiring resurgence."
Since losing his bid to become president, Gore has been a senior
adviser to Google. He also is a visiting professor at the University of
California, Los Angeles; Fisk University; and Middle Tennessee State
The former veep is a noted champion of technology who helped popularize
the term "information superhighway." However, he also earned the scorn
of the tech community for once saying that he "took the initiative in
creating the Internet."
In February 2000, then-presidential candidate Gore was asked whether he
used a PC or Mac. Gore responded that it was kind of a high-tech
"boxers or briefs" question, before indicating that he had switched to
According to an Associated Press article, Gore said he stuck by Apple
until "finally, the delay in the availability of the new high-tech
applications software got to be so long that I finally switched over."
At the same time, he noted, "You know, Apple seems to be coming back
with the iMac, don't you think?"
An Apple representative would not say when Gore switched back to a Mac.
Gore fills a spot that has been open since Larry Ellison left Apple's
board last year. The board is fairly unique in that it has no chairman.
Apple was criticized in a BusinessWeek article last year as having one
of the nation's worst boards, in part because, at the time, Jobs was on
Gap's board and its CEO was on Apple's board. Jobs has since stepped
down from the retailer's board. Millard Drexler, who had been Gap's
CEO, remains on Apple's board but is now CEO of retailer J. Crew.