Apple Software Wizard Visits WVMS TSA

Welsh Valley alum (‘68), Andy Hertzfeld, returned to his former campus on Thursday, November 21, 2013 to talk about his career with the Welsh Valley Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) team. Andy began as a teenage computer hobbyist by learning the Basic programming language in his 10th grade year at Harriton High School (‘71). By age 25, he was a vital member of the original Apple Macintosh development team in the 1980’s where his business card listed him simply as Software Wizard.

After Apple, he went on to found three companies before joining the Google team. It was there that he was the key designer of the Circles user interface that is used in Google+. His latest project at Google was collaborating on the highly anticipated Google Glass project. Andy left Google earlier this year to once again become a computer hobbyist. He recommends that any student with an interest in computer science would be best served by learning the JavaScript programming language first. Andy Hertzfeld’s 2004 book (Revolution in the Valley) is available for free reading at