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Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Steven Paul Jobs 1955-2011

Today, Steve Jobs, an amazing man in his own right, and an undisputed visionary, passed away at age 56. He led an amazing life, did amazing things, and created several amazing companies (NeXT, Pixar, Apple). He, more than many others in history, has done more to positively influence people’s lives and livelihoods.

I am selfishly sadden that I never got to personally meet Steve, even though I have admired him ever since I brought home my first Apple product, an Apple ][+, nearly 30 years ago. That purchase, earned by a summer of construction work during the summer between my sophomore and junior year of high school, led me to the path of developing software as a profession.

When I lived and worked in Sunnyvale, in the early 1990’s, I use to ride my bicycle up Foothill Expressway and into Palo Alto (usually stopping at Stanford with a book to read and soak in some of the sun). Often, before heading home, I would ride into the neighborhoods of Palo Alto, knowing that Steve Jobs had his house somewhere there. I was hoping that I might have a chance encounter with him, or at least see his house from the street. I never did, and having seen pictures of his house, I’m pretty sure I was in the wrong neighborhoods, but it sure was fun trying at the time.

Other people who may or may not have made their marks on the world, including noted civil rights leader Rev. Fred L Shuttlesworth, died on the same day. This doesn’t mean that Steve was better than these other people. We could all learn from their lives. Steve gave us the gift of showing that hard work, breaking the status quo, and doing things a bit differently is a Good Thing.

May his family find comfort somehow in knowing he is no longer suffering, and is at peace. May the world come together and embrace his propensity of creative thinking and attention to detail.

Rest In Peace, Steve. You inspired me for 30 years, now we continue forth and carry your message into the future.


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