February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011.
I have so much to say; so little space.
I have followed Steve Jobs since the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984!
During the Redskins Super Bowl, an ad ran for that singular time that became the most heralded ad in history—the famous "Macintosh 1984." I saw it and was struck by the honesty, cleverness, directness and clarity. It is considered the greatest ad in advertising history and won a Cannes special award.
When I got my 128K Mac in February, 1984, I sat down at my dining room table, turned it on and it wrote " h e l l o . " on the screen. I was hooked!
He is to me one of the geniuses of our time—a true visionary and an icon.
Macintoshes (I've had 7), iPods (3), iTunes (1,278), iPhones (5), iPads (2), Apps (128)—need I say more? I've taught (am teaching) 17 people how to use Apple products (Ed, Ray, Steve, Marilyn, Ted, Mary Ann, Deo, Steve, Lee, Ron, Liz, Robert, David, Bill, Hoyte, Sonie and Lisa). I've seen Pixar films (6) and I've been to Apple retail stores (4), including the famous Flagship Store in New York City.
He meant to delight and he always has.
Apple's culture: "simplicity, discoverability, elegance, differentiation, attention to detail, ecosystem control, tight integration and secrecy"
He and his inventions are why I became a techie and a lover of Apple products.
He was a thinker, designer, innovator, polymath, motivator and marketeer.
I sorely miss him already!
"Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains."
– Steve Jobs
Excerpt from Mr. Job's celebrated 2005 Stanford University commencement address
—"the Gettysburg Address of Commencement Speeches."
Rest In Peace
|Outside NYC store.|
P.S. "Sixty Minutes" did a full hour tribute to Mr. Jobs on October 23, 2011. It was very interesting and touching, especially how the iPad is helping autistic people communicate miraculously.