Fashion Friday: my T-shirt from the launch of Mac OS 8

Over the years, I’ve collected lots of nifty T-shirts from trade shows I’ve covered — mainly the late, lamented Macworld Expos held in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, and Paris. Over the next few weeks I’ll be “modeling” some of the items in my collection.

Pictured today is my tee from the launch of Mac OS 8 in July, 1997. The operating system updated represented the largest overhaul of Mac OS since the release of System 7. It integrated lots of the technologies developed for Apple's planned operating system dubbed Copland. Copland never materialized, but Mac OS 8 helped modernize the Mac OS while Apple developed Mac OS X.

Speaking of System 7, it the longest-running Mac OS release until OS X. It shipped with all Macs from 1991 to 1997. If you're in your mid-to-late 20s and used a Mac in elementary or middle school, chances are it was running some version of it.