Friday, October 7, 2011


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

Even Time Magazine for the first time in 30 years, stopped the presses!

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.


Caliban said...

Thank you for this tribute. We have all been blessed by the brilliance and savvy of Steve Jobs.

Ron said...

A very nice tribute Don. I thank you for introducing me to Apple products and the genius of Steve Jobs. My life is infinitely better because of him and you. When I heard of his death, I felt like I lost a personal friend. My hope now is that his successors at Apple can keep his vision alive and not degenerate in the usual Corporate Bog of meeting the quarterly estimates and screwing the customer.

Anonymous said...

A saga indeed! Thanks for sharing. Hope the sagaing continues. Arelio

Don Voth said...

Robert, Yes, he was wonderful. Thanks for the heartfelt comment.

Don Voth said...

Ron, Thank you! He was a very special man! Thank you for thanking me for getting you and your friends involved.

Don Voth said...

Aurelio, Yours is an honest tribute!

Anonymous said...

Don --

I'm using my new iPhone 4S to send you this message. Yes, I took the picture the other day because I on the Steve Jobs memorial website; if you have not checked his website, you might want to see it. Paragraph I dictated most of this message using the new oral mechanism.


Don Voth said...

GOOD for you!! I got one, too. It's a white 32GB.