Last night just before storytime, I received an AP alert on my iPhone that told me Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Computers had passed away. I think he might have liked that. If anyone actually likes having their death announced.
No doubt personal stories of how Steve Jobs has affected everyday lives through computing will abound on the Web over the next few days. But as Caterpickles is written on a MacBook Air using research often acquired in the field on an iPhone to the sound of music purchased through iTunes while my daughter entertains herself on an iPad, it is only fitting to pause for a moment and say goodbye to the man who is both a stranger to us, and yet somehow understood us well enough to create products that would become so intertwined into our lives.
At a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University a year after he had been diagnosed with cancer, Steve Jobs said:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
True or not, we at Caterpickles Central weren’t quite ready to say goodbye to you yet.
- 1984 Macintosh commercial
- Steve Jobs demos the Macintosh in 1984
- Other iconic Jobs moments
- 10 Ways Steve Jobs Changed the World
- Apple says goodbye twice.