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Bob Belleville

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Robert L. Belleville is an American computer engineer who was an early head of engineering at Apple from 1982 until 1985.

Bob Belleville
Robert L. Belleville
OccupationSoftware Manager at Apple (1982–1985)
Years active1982–present

Belleville worked at Xerox, where he was a primary designer of the hardware for the Xerox Star.[1][2] Steve Jobs is said to have invited him to join Apple by saying, "Everything you've ever done in your life is shit, ... so why don't you come work for me?"[3] In May 1982, he became software manager for the Macintosh 128K; in August that year he became engineering manager of the Macintosh division. As Apple Director of Engineering, he played a major role in developing the LaserWriter.[1][4][5] He resigned from Apple in summer 1985 after Jobs announced his resignation,[6] and later worked at Silicon Graphics.[1]

In Alex Gibney's documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, Belleville said that the pressure of working at Apple had ended his marriage[7][8] and that Jobs "[was always apparently] seducing you, vilifying you, or ignoring you",[9] but he cried when he recalled working for him.[7][10][11]


  1. ^ a b c Hertzfeld, Andy; Capps, Steve (2005). Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made. Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly Media. p. xxi. ISBN 9780596007195.
  2. ^ Hiltzik, Michael A. (June 22, 1998). "Fans Celebrate Fallen Xerox Star". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Baer, Drake (January 16, 2015). "This Bill Gates Quote Summarizes What The Tech World Thought Of Steve Jobs". Business Insider.
  4. ^ "Canon, Lone Wolf". Wired. October 1, 1994.
  5. ^ Livingston, Jessica (2008). "Charles Geschke, Cofounder, Adobe Systems". Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days. Berkeley, California: Apress. p. 285. ISBN 9781430210788.
  6. ^ Uttal, Bro; Dennis, Darienne L. (August 5, 1985). "Behind the Fall of Steve Jobs". Fortune.
  7. ^ a b "'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine' to make TV Debut on CNN/U.S." CNN Press Room. CNN. December 9, 2015.
  8. ^ Woodard, Johnny (September 7, 2015). "Movie review: Apple founder's dark side revealed in 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine'". The Island Packet (with video of Belleville speaking).
  9. ^ Anderson, John (August 26, 2015). "Review: Alex Gibney's Documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Pulls Back the Curtain". Time.
  10. ^ Slotek, Jim (August 21, 2015). "'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine' review: Documentary a brutally honest look at Apple genius". Toronto Sun.
  11. ^ Hertzfeld, Andy (March 1984). "Leave Of Absence".

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