End of an era, though it really ended in 2009 when Apple announced it would cease exhibiting and keynoting.
I was lucky enough to attend three MacWorld Expos (Boston, San Francisco, and New York) back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. They were all amazing.
Saw the iBook with WiFi unveiled and felt like the world had changed. Briefly met amazing people like David Pogue, Tim O’Reilly, and Jean-Louis Gassée. (I met Gassée in an elevator on the way up to the BeOS launch party! The sign-in desk person for the party didn’t know who Gassée was! So Gassée responded that his name was Gil Amelio. He was let in.)
I shook Steve Jobs’ (annoyed) hand in New York in front of the G4 Cube. I even wormed my way into a Mac the Knife party in San Fran. I think it may have been the last of those parties. (You have to be an old school Apple geek to even understand how cool being at a Knife party was.)
I get that times have changed and Macworld Expo as we knew it no longer makes sense. But, wow, what good times those were. I feel privileged to have been there for some of them.