Tribute to Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs Passed Away
On October 5th, 2011, Apple Inc. co-founder and former CEO Steven Paul Jobs, passed away at the age of 56, after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. On that day, Apple lost a visionary leader and the world has lost a true genius. The day Steve died, I wrote some thoughts on his passing and now I’d like to share them with you.
My Heartfelt Thoughts
I am deeply saddened, by the loss of Apple Inc. co-founder, Steve Jobs and would like to express my deepest condolences to his wife Laurene, his family and everyone at Apple.
Even though I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I feel like I’ve lost a close friend. Steve and Apple, have been a great inspiration to me. The things he envisioned and created, have forever changed my life, along with the lives of millions of others, all around the world.
I knew his health must have been getting worse, the day he resigned as CEO. Steve never would have stepped down, unless he knew he was going to die, because he was so proud of and dedicated to Apple. I watched the news every day, after he resigned, fearing, I’d soon hear, of his passing. I knew it may happen someday, but just hoped it wouldn't be so soon. I also hoped that he would get well again and beat it, but that didn’t happen and the day I feared, has sadly come.
I will never forget how it made me feel when he demonstrated a new product at an Apple event. He had a special way of doing it, that would get you so excited, like a child on Christmas morning. That specialness is gone now and just like that feeling as a child, on Christmas, isn't the same, when you grow up.
Steve changed the world for us all, he will truly be missed and it will never be the same here, without him. Apple will be fine, because they learned a lot from Steve, but we can only imagine, what he still would have done, had he not been taken so soon. There is not now, nor will there ever be, anyone quite like Steve Jobs.
They say that we all need heroes, well Steve Jobs was mine.
R.I.P. Steve, I will miss you,
John R. Hughes - 1Macman
Steve's Life: 1955 - 2011
Steve Jobs, was a pioneer of the personal computer revolution, of the 1970s. He was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco, CA and adopted at birth. Being raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and growing up, so close to Silicon Valley, helped influence his interest, in the personal computer industry. He started attending Reed College In 1972, but decided to drop out in 1974, to travel through India and study Buddhism.
After working at Atari for a brief period, Steve, along with his close friend, Steve Wozniak, started Apple Computer, in 1976, in his parents garage. They started the company, in order to sell a personal computer, that Woz invented and both gained fame and wealth, a year later for the Apple II, which dominated the personal computer market.
In 1979, after a tour of Xerox, Steve saw the potential for a mouse-driven computer, with a graphical user interface. Then In January 1984, he launched the Macintosh, in a Super Bowl commercial. It was the first, mass-produced computer, with a GUI.
Steve Leaves Apple
In 1983, Steve hired John Sculley from the Pepsi-Cola company, to serve as Apple's CEO but after a short time, realized that their visions for the company, greatly differed. Sculley favored open architecture computers like the Apple II, while Jobs, wanted the company to focus on the Macintosh as a business alternative to the IBM PC. The Apple II and Macintosh divisions, operated like separate companies within Apple and Sculley had very little control over Steve’s Macintosh division.
In May, of 1985, Sculley decided to reorganize Apple. He presented a plan to the board, that would remove Steve, from the Macintosh devision and in turn, render him powerless within Apple. In response to Sculley’s reorganizations plans, Steve developed his own plan, to get rid of Sculley and take over the company, but after the plan was discovered, Steve just decided to leave Apple.
The Board declined Steve’s resignation and asked him to reconsider leaving the company. At the same time, Sculley told Steve that he had all of the votes he needed, to go ahead with the reorganization. So on September 17, 1985, Steve turned in his letter of resignation to the Board.
After leaving Apple, Steve founded NeXT computer platform, with five senior employees, who resigned from Apple, when he did. NeXT workstations were first released in 1990 and priced at $9,999. The workstation was known for its technical strengths, but largely dismissed because of the cost.
The company released a revised version called the NeXTcube, which was able to share voice, image, graphics, and video in email for the first time. But after selling only 50,000 machines, NeXT transitioned the company, to software development. in February 1986 Tim Berners-Lee, create the first World Wide Web browser, using a NeXT Computer.
While Steve was away from Apple, he also funded a spin-off company of Lucasfilms which they renamed Pixar. Toy Story, released in 1995, was the first film produced by the company and it brought critical acclaim, to the studio. Pixar went on to produce numerous box office hits and helped make the visual effects industry, what it is today.
Return to Apple
In 1996, Apple announced that it would buy NeXT, which would in turn, bring Steve back to the company he had cofounded. The deal was finalized in February of 1997. Steve was given the title of interim CEO, in July 1997 after then-CEO Gil Amelio, was ousted.
Steve terminated a number of projects at Apple in March 1998, to concentrate efforts on returning the company to profitability. One of the biggest things he changed, was the licensing program for Macintosh clones, which made it too costly, for the manufacturers to continue making them.
After Steve’s return to Apple, they started the "Think Different" ad campaign which brought about one of the most memorable television commercials in history. The original plan was for Steve to do the voiceover for the commercial. Steve didn't want it to be about him, so Richard Dreyfuss did the voiceover, for the one that aired. Below is a quote from that ad.
"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Apple Inc.
Under Steve’s guidance, Apple significantly increased sales and with the introduction of products like the iMac, iPod, iTunes Store, iPhone and iPad, the company has become one of the most profitable and recognized companies, in the world.
In October 2003, Steve was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his pancreas. Despite his diagnosis, Steve resisted doctors' recommendations for medical intervention and refused to undergo surgery for the cancer, for nine months. Instead, he relied on a vegan diet, acupuncture and other types of natural healing, to fight the disease and according to many doctors, that choice, led to his early death.
Steve finally decided to get professional help and in July of 2004, underwent a pancreaticoduodenectomy. The surgery appeared to remove the tumor successfully, but he did not receive chemotherapy or radiation therapy, afterwards.
On January 14, 2009, Steve wrote in an internal Apple memo, that said his health issues were more complex than he originally thought and took a six-month leave of absence. Then in April, of 2009, Steve underwent a liver transplant and his prognosis was described as excellent. After the liver transplant, he returned to work at Apple but only a year and a half later, was granted another leave of absence. During the leave, he said he would continue to be involved in major decisions at the company.
On August 24, 2011, Steve wrote a letter to the board, announcing his resignation as Apple's CEO. In the letter he said "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."
Steve died at his Palo Alto, California, home around 3 p.m. on October 5, 2011, with his wife, children, and sisters at his side. The cause of death was determined to be, a relapse of his previously treated islet-cell neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer, which resulted in respiratory arrest.
In 2005 Steve left a powerful message with his now famous “How to live before you die” commencement speech at Stanford University. He talked about the rather delicate subject of mortality and told the students that death is a great motivator to live a better life. Here is just one part of the speech that truly makes a lot of sense.
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." – Steve Jobs 2005
To watch the Stanford University speech, click the link below.
Apple's Memorial Ceremony
At Apple's memorial for Steve, new CEO Tim Cook, played an unaired version of Steve narrating "The Crazy Ones" TV ad. Now that he is gone, the words from the ad, seem to have even more of a meaning and show the essence of his life and what he was truly all about. Click the link below, to hear Steve's version, from the memorial.
Steve’s Memorial Page
Apple launched a Steve Jobs memorial page where you can read thoughts and memories from people all over the world. Many people have been touched by his life and the things he envisioned and created. If you would like, you can even share a message of your own. You can visit the Steve Jobs memorial page, by clicking the link below.
"There is One More Thing… Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish."