Johnny Appleseed was born on February 24, 1955, in a town called San Francisco. When he was a young boy, his father gave him a MacIntosh apple and told him, “Son, this is the answer to all your problems. Never forget that.” Later that week, his father died in a freak forklift accident, so Johnny kept the apple in his memory.

Fifteen years later, when Johnny thought all hope was lost, he stumbled upon the apple in a box in his attic labeled “IMPORTANT.” Sadly, it had become rotten and infested with maggots. “This is no answer to my problems!” he said to himself, before entering a state of despair. Some hours later, a thought struck him—what if the apple could provide real answers to problems it was provided with? 

The next morning, Johnny met with his best friends Steve and Ronald and presented them with the idea. They both loved it and got to work. A few days later, they had invented a machine which could solve problems, and they called their company Apple to honor Johnny’s father. Today, almost every person in America has at least one Apple in his house, mostly due to Johnny’s undying work in spreading Apples. It wasn’t long until Johnny became a billionaire, and everyone around the world knew his name and his trademark turtleneck and glasses. While he may no longer be with us, Johnny will live on forever as an American icon, daring us all to “Think different.”

—J. Kilga