|Scott grew up in the idyllic town of Glenview, Illinois, where he first became enchanted with computers in 6th grade. That's when his parents bought him a state-of-the-art Apple IIe, and he quickly fell in love with the classic Infocom text-adventure games such as Zork and Planetfall. To this day, Scott still believes that Infocom games are the most creative computer games ever created.
Scott became a young game tester for Infocom, and inspired by what he learned, Scott soon started programming his own interactive games using Apple BASIC.
(By the way, the tremendous popularity of Infocom games has continued so strongly for over 25 years that programmers have made them available to play online for free here and for a monthly fee here.)
In 1985, at the age of 13, Scott was the youngest person hired to write for the national computer magazine "Enter." He was paid $75 per month to write software reviews and opinion columns from a teenager's point-of-view. To submit his monthly articles to the magazine, Scott opened up his very first e-mail account on CompuServe and sent his writings via his speedy 300 baud modem.
In high school, Scott discovered the thing that would change his life forever: the Macintosh. He used the Mac to write original comedy scripts for his high school's television station, and he couldn't believe how easy it was to get work accomplished on this revolutionary new computer with that cool new device known as a mouse.
Scott left Illinois in 1989 to attend UCLA (B.A. Psychology 1993), where he not only purchased his first Macintosh (the Mac SE), but also where he fulfilled his love for performing and writing. He produced and starred in the campus television show "Counterclockwise", performed with the college improvisational troupe "Spur of the Moment", and spoke regularly on campus for all those important college issues that you rarely think about once you graduate. At UCLA is where ScottWorld was born.
In 2007, Scott was recognized for his extensive Mac knowledge when Mac|Life Magazine (the second largest Mac magazine in the nation) hired Scott to answer Mac questions on a monthly basis in their "Ask" column. This is an extremely prestigious job -- one of the most important & visible positions in the Mac industry -- because more than 110,000 readers across America read Mac|Life on a monthly basis to get their important Mac questions answered. Scott is basically the computer geek equivalent of "Dear Abby", answering all sorts of important questions from people like you across the nation.
When he's not sitting in front of a computer, Scott enjoys acting & writing for fun. He maintains two personal websites for himself: ScottRose.tv is the promotional site for his acting & writing career, and Scott's personal blog is where he candidly rants and raves about technology & life.
Scott was a professional speaker for Apple Computer at their major events for 6 years; he answered Mac questions in Mac|Life Magazine; and he has his one-man-show "Computer Geek: One Nerd's Search For HIs Soulmate" across the country.
But Scott is probably most famous for playing the Apple Fanatic in his hit YouTube video series, "Shit Apple Fanatics Say". The 2-part video series has been seen by almost 3 million viewers worldwide, and has been talked about extensively in the technology news, including The Huffington Post, CNN Money, The Washington Post, Mashable, Mashable (again!), Gizmodo, and many, many more sites.
On stage, Scott starred as a demon tour guide in the hit theatrical production "Hollywood Hellhouse" with Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman, and Andy Richter. Before that, he was seen as the inexperienced bank robber Al in the HBO action film High Voltage.
Scott had always considered himself to be the "game show king" after becoming the grand champion on three different game shows: "Majority Rules" (NBC), "Shopping Spree" (Lifetime) and "Vs." (Comedy Central). But then he got his butt kicked in December 2003 on Pyramid, hosted by Donny Osmond, and then he lost AGAIN on the GSN series "Lingo" in May 2006. Humbled by his 2 game show failures, Scott is now trying to get on a reality TV show instead.
What else does Scott like to do when he's not running ScottWorld? Just about everything. Movies, bicycling, camping, playing board games, playing with his cat Twiggy, traveling, and participating in the annual Burning Man Project (which happens to be one of ScottWorld's business success stories, too). Scott is also a pescetarian (vegetarian who eats fish), and believes strongly in animal rights.
Scott's personal computer path: Apple IIe, Mac SE, Mac IIsi, Mac LC 575, PowerBook 1400cs/117, Power Mac G3/266 MiniTower (upgraded to 500 MHz), Blueberry iBook, a dual USB iBook (2001 model), Power Mac G4 Dual 800, a 12" iBook G4 plus a 15" MacBook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo, then a mid-2009 17" MacBook Pro.
Scott Rose with Steve Jobs,
CEO of Apple Computer, discussing the feng shui of the Apple Retail Stores
Scott and his extended family. That's Grandpa snoring in the back.
Scott got a very early start at being an Apple genius! This newspaper article was written about Scott when he was only 13 years old!
Scott with the staff of Studio Two Clothing, after successfully delivering a FileMaker WAN solution for all of their Macs in both LA & NYC.
Scott (left) celebrating a successful FileMaker website launch with some happy clients.
Scott (right) with Tom Rundberg, President of Q-Safety, rejoicing the success of their FileMaker Pro system.
Scott relaxing after performing in an improv comedy show at Improv Olympic.
Scott (right) dressed up as a magical healing doctor at Burning Man 2003.