Steven Paul Jobs

I lost a hero today. He was a handsome man.

My first experience with an Apple computer was in 1984, when I was in the sixth grade. I remember using LOGO, a programming language that you might also remember, to direct a virtual turtle around the screen to draw things in its wake. I was just 11 years old, and yet here I was, “programming” a computer. One of Steve Jobs’ great legacies will be his talent for making high technology easy and intuitive for everybody.

In the years since my first Macintosh, I’ve used dozens of computers, not all of them Apple — though I’ve owned an Apple computer of some kind throughout my electronic life. I could quickly make myself tiresome extolling the virtues of the machines and software Steve Jobs built compared to those of his competition. On the subject of typography alone I would survey in soliloquy for an hour.

There’s a refinement and polish in an Apple product that results in a tool that’s not only functional, it’s a pleasure to use. Yes, a common wrench may perform the same duty as a Snap-On, but excellence begets excellence. When the toolmaker elevates his work to the highest, most uncompromising art, the craftsman who selects those tools begins with an advantage.

That sounds lofty, especially when you consider that I’m talking about a man who regularly appeared on stage before an international audience in Levis and running shoes. Steve Jobs wasn’t a pretentious man. But he pushed those around him to take science fiction and make it simple enough and beautiful enough to carry in your pocket. He had a vision for technology that was stunningly and inspirationally democratic. No single individual in my lifetime has compared to the man we lost today, Steven Paul Jobs, for the transformative influence he had on all of our lives, and in so many ways, whether customers of Apple or not.

I am proud to have been an Apple customer for almost thirty years. As creative professional, I can’t imagine my experience without the tools which Steve Jobs played an integral role in making possible.

I lost a hero today. He was a handsome man.

  3 comments for “Steven Paul Jobs

  1. ibernstein
    October 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    The world truly lost a great and innovative man. RIP, Steve Jobs!

  2. ajh
    October 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I remember being in 8th grade when I purchased my first computer. I had never owned a computer before because we could not afford one – let alone afford an Apple. We had an old Apple II in the garage, but no one in my family was computer literate enough to keep it around for anything more than a dust collector.

    My first computer was a Graphite Special Edition DV iMac, and I remember everything about the day it was delivered to me. I attended a school that my mother worked at, so we had it shipped to the school. I remember being in art class when I saw the UPS truck pull up and unload the most beautifully marketed computer the world had ever seen – and it was all mine. If I could have, I would have left school right then, dropping everything to go meet my new friend and build that relationship. But, I was only 13, and could not just up and leave school – it had to wait until that evening.

    Since that first computer, I have purchased nearly every apple product since. Steve Jobs has taught me more than just what types of technology I wanted to own, but also the meaning behind what it takes to lead and inspire others. He was more than just a man – he was a man with a vision and the talent bold enough to change the planet we call home.

  3. aw
    October 6, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Wow…I think only his book could define him better.

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