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Letter: Steve Jobs, Apple and ‘one more thing’

Posted: October 9, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: October 9, 2011 1:30 a.m.

I first saw Steve’s Job’s vision and touched his spirit when I moved a mouse that was attached to a Mac in 1984 as an undergraduate in college — and I was ruined.

Why can’t all personal computers be experienced this way, with this natively human, intuitive graphical user interface?

I have been a Mac user ever since then. I stayed with Macs during the dark days at Apple — without Jobs. I  was always a believer in the Jobs’ vision that was imbued in Apple and its products.

Who else but Jobs could ask someone, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” — Jobs to John Sculley in 1983, during their meeting in which Steve successfully convinced a Pepsi executive to come to Apple as its new CEO.

Steve, we — all the world — ended up coming with you, and the world was changed by your vision and the company (and its products) you created, led, inspired and ultimately left as a legacy of a life well-lived.

When you get to the pearly gates of heaven, don’t forget to tell St. Peter: “One more thing...”

Truly great products or truly great people?

Steve, it was not your products that were “truly great” in the final analysis; it was you, and the people who have been a part of Pixar and Apple who are truly great.

Godspeed, Steve Jobs. I look forward to seeing you someday in the big Apple store in heaven.


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