Reasons to vote for Woz on ¿Dancing with the Stars¿

For fans of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and the reality show "Dancing with the Stars" on ABC, tonight is the night you've been waiting for. The program's eighth season begins tonight at 8 p.m. EDT.

The "Woz" has been paired with Karina Smirnoff, a professional dancer who has won many championships. This will be her sixth season with "Dancing with the Stars."


Those of us who started their computing lives on any iteration of the Apple II will always have a warm spot in our hearts for Woz. While Steve Jobs had the vision (even in the very early days), Wozniak had the engineering chops to transform that vision into the first personal computer anyone could use.

Although I'm not a fan of "Dancing with the Stars," I wish Woz the best of luck. Win it for the geeks!


But if Wozniak is to have a chance at victory, he'll need the heavy support of geekdom in addition to Smirnoff's skilled and patient tutoring. In fact, Woz is counting on it. On his Web site he encourages his fans to show their support.

To vote for Woz and Karina, call 800-86834-10 (800-VOTE4-10), use your cell phone to text in the code 3410 or log in to the "Dancing with the Stars" Web site.

Bonus reasons to vote for Woz:

1. He looks good in a pink shirt.

2. There is a street named after him in San Jose.

3. He sponsored the US Festivals in the early 1980s.

4. He once dated comedian Kathy Griffin.

5. I met and interviewed him in 2003, when he spoke at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Maryland Apple Corps user group.


6. The Segway Polo "Woz Challenge Cup" was named in his honor. Woz plays on the Silicon Valley Aftershocks, which won the trophy in 2007.

Fans of "Dancing with the Stars" (or any reality show) can follow the developments on's Reality Check blog.