Like you, I'm a fan of Douglas Adams.
As with any author, the amount of Douglassy (a Stephen Fry term) material out there is finite. But with Adams, it's especially finite, as he found writing to a deadline so frustrating, and was only able to come out with a handful of books before passing away at the far too young age of 49.
I always find it a little sad whenever I approach the science fiction section of a bookstore; my eyes will inevitably start browsing with the "A" authors, and I know that I will never see a new Douglas Adams novel there. (Imagine my shock last year when I walked past the science fiction section of Waterstone's and saw a new Douglas Adams novel sitting on the shelf, grinning at me.)
I don't have to tell you that Douglas Adams was a huge Apple fan, perhaps because he was Apple's most famous fan. He attended several Macworld and WWDC events, claims to be the first person in the UK to have bought a Macintosh, and was made an AppleMaster in 1999.
The Macworld San Francisco in 1997 was a big one, in more way than one. Nearly the entire core of Apple's remaining supporters attended. Lots of mainstream media attended too, as this event heralded the return of Steve Jobs to Apple. It was also three hours long.
In the 45-minute clip on YouTube linked above, Gil Amelio asks many celebrity Apple-fans to stand and be applauded, like Gregory Hines and Muhammad Ali, but not Douglas Adams. In an excellent New Yorker write-up on Apple's tumultuous 1996 and 1997, author John Heilemann notes that celebrity Apple-fans Jeff Goldblum and Peter Gabriel were invited on-stage, but doesn't mention Douglas Adams. The New York Times's piece on the keynote, which also doesn't mention Douglas Adams, notes the incongruousness of Apple's delight at how a PowerBook saved the world in the movie Independence Day, even though that notebook was recalled because it would sometimes catch on fire. (Apple actually velcroed a free VHS copy of the movie underneath everyone's seat at the keynote.)
In trying to find more footage of this three-hour extravaganza, I stumbled upon ABC News's video service, and found that they had lots of b-roll and a few random clips from the keynote. The footage is mostly boring set-up and audience shots, as the accompanying index notes: "...00:50 Jobs looking at notebook computer...01:36 Jobs conferring w/ guy w/ hair tied back in ponytail...10:40 Video presentation w/ clips from film Independence Day, about Apple's new message..."
Imagine my surprise and delight to find instead, at 10 minutes and 40 seconds in, a recording of Douglas Adams saying something very Douglassy about Apple. In all my prior research, I never knew Douglas Adams had anything to do with the Macworld 1997 keynote. And he just suddenly pops up on screen to say hello, saying something I've never seen attributed to him before:
"We want a clear message from Apple about what they're about. What they want to do. And all we get is messages about how there will be a new message. How the new message is that there IS a new message. But what is the message? I don't know."
Hi Douglas. Good to see you again.