A Mobile Look at A Presidential Dinner

It turns out, that the vice president of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances for Synopsis Rich Goldman is an avid tweetterer and has been twitting photos from the official dinner Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan gave to honor Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who was in Armenia to receive a presidential award.
These rare pictures give an amazing sense of what it’s like to be at a presidential dinner.
Goldman, who was accompanying Wozniak throughout the Apple co-founder’s trip, was twitting all the way. From what I understand, his company, Synopsis, was one of the initiators and organizers of the whole prize-giving gig.

A Prize for Woz

Back to the man “guilty” for the dinner invitation: Wozniak, the tech-hero, who created the Apple 1 and Apple 2 computers in mid-1970s, was given the Armenian President’s IT Award for his “outstanding contribution to humanity”.
The award was instituted in Armenia in 2009 and was first handed to Craig Barrett, a former chairman and chief executive of Intel Corporation. One of its goals is to encourage connections between the Armenian IT industry and world’s IT visionaries. The Armenian government has declared development of the domestic IT sector, which employs around 7,000 people, a top economic priority.
Wozniak, by the way, seemed to immensely enjoy his time in Armenia. He gave a bunch of interviews in which he spoke of readiness to come back to Armenia again.
PS: From what I’ve heard, it was initially planned to hand the award to Apple co-founder and longtime CEO Steve Jobs, but after it became clear that Jobs is unwell and couldn’t make it (he passed away on October 5th), plans were adjusted to bring Apple’s “Other Steve” to Armenia.

Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant


  1. I wonder if Steve jobs know any Armenian ? His mother that adopted him was Armenian Clare Hagobian .

    1. no he was NOT ARmenian, nor did he have any connections to ARmenians and/or ARmenianness. plz dont even try to connect SJ to anything ARmenian. already there are ridiculous rumors all over the net that he supposedly spoke “fluent” Hayeren and could even read/write my beautiful wonderful anush mayreni lezu…..COMPLETE HOGWASH BULLSH**. I respect & honor SJ for his contributions to the world, his contributions towards the advancement of personal technologies making our lives a bit easier, moving faster, and more mobile. however, I dont tolerate this desperate labeling him as a supposed “ARmenian” who spoke my language fluently. he was a half arab (from bio-paternal) and half euro-white (from bio-maternal), nothing ARmenian what so ever.
      and as for his step-mother…a GOR-GOR u verj !!!

      1. I’m sorry but what is wrong with being a “gor-gor”? I can’t believe that even as fellow Armenians, we are discriminating against each other.

        1. the guy is sick, ignore him, there is no discrimination, he’s just pissed offhe can’t buy a car and thinks all gor gors are rich 🙂 wish that was true

  2. It’s good to have someone here that knows so much about the story:) Thank you Kavkas:)
    Now I know who Wozniak is:) and who Jobs and his mother were:)

  3. On a “to the point” note, Wozniak was and is an inspiration for both Apple team and Apple users, I was so surprised to learn from twit.tv podcasts that he was calling Jobs to tell him about Siri’s benefits – and then we saw Siri’s aquisition by Apple and now we see Siri included in iPhone 4s. These two think (thought) the same way after so many years, amazing.
    There is a book called iWoz, highly recommended
    P.S. I loved pakhlava picture:)

  4. Looks like a very normal and down-to-Earth meal.

  5. I love the coat-of-arms on the filjan.

  6. Guys – I’m seriously pissed off with the level of discussion we’re seeing here. I have deleted a bunch of comments and I will no longer allow any comments which seek to make divisions between Diaspora Armenians and Armenians living here in Armenia. This is unacceptable.

  7. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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