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Chris Espinosa: Apple's longest-serving employee

Here at TUAW, we often keep you up-to-date on Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the famed Apple cofounders. But Electricpig.co.uk today pointed out that there's an Apple employee who has more years of service with the company than even Steve Jobs -- Chris Espinosa.

Espinosa actually joined Apple at the ripe old age of 14 before the company was formally incorporated, and after the official launch in 1977, he became Employee #8. Espinosa was involved in writing the Apple II Reference Manual while attending college classes at the University of California, Berkeley. He also had the fun of helping to write the preliminary business plan for the computer known as the Macintosh.

Electricpig notes that Espinosa still works with the company 35 years later and has never, unlike Jobs, had a tenure with another company. Jobs, you'll remember, went off to found NeXT and was with that company for 11 years before returning to Apple, bringing his total years of service to a measly 24. Steve Wozniak still receives a paycheck from Apple, but hasn't done any work for the company since 1987.

Espinosa is still actively involved with the development community and maintains a friendly face on Twitter as @cdespinosa.

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