Steve Jobs channels Franklin Delano Roosevelt in ‘1994’ sales video

From the depths of the Interwebs comes this little gem with young Steve Jobs playing Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The amusing and charming scene is actually part of a never-before-seen morale-boosting internal film entitled ‘1994’, in a nod at the iconic television commercial that launched the Macintosh craze 28 years ago.

It depicts a World War II tale of good (Apple) vs. evil (IBM) and cost about $50,000 to make which, back in 1994, was a lot of money for a company video. Apple produced this footage to rally up troops at their international sales force meet up in Hawaii…

The film was obtained by Network World blogger Paul McNamara:

A copy of “1944” was provided to me by one-time Apple employee Craig Elliott, now CEO of Pertino Networks, a cloud-computing startup located two blocks from Apple in Cupertino.

You’re gonna have to hit the source link as we couldn’t embed the clip, apparently an exclusive discovery by Network World:

Elliott, who worked at Apple from 1985 to 1996, says he has “never seen (the film) anywhere else” and that there has been “no additional circulation” as far as he knows. I couldn’t find it online, either – the year 1984 was pre-World Wide Web, of course — which doesn’t mean it isn’t out there.

The author notes that two snippets from “1944” do appear in a photo-montage tribute by Apple employees to mark his 30th birthday.

This one’s worth your time so I urge you to watch the clip over at Network World and come back here to share your thoughts down in the comments.