Two days ago I was working on a desk laden with Apple gear. A retweet appeared BREAKING: Apple says Steve Jobs has died. I hesitated to write more than a tweet in solidarity. I didn’t know the man. I’ve never seen or spoken to him. Steve Jobs was a sage wizard on mountain top wielding magic and the attention of many.
For 10 hours a day my hands touch an Apple keyboard and my eyes rest on an Apple display. For a third of my life an iPod has rung in my ears. Lest I forget the distinctive unboxing smell all Apple products share. You know the one.
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Steve Jobs
For two summers from age sixteen I worked for my school district as a technology assistant. I was a PC devotee besieged by Macs, mostly of G4 ilk: Xserve, iMac, iBook, PowerBook, PowerMac, and eMac. I resisted. Unboxing two hundred eMacs at 50-lbs each excused it. By August 2004, the end of that first summer, I conceded buying a 40GB iPod — only $399. Nobody that I knew had one. It lent an intangible specialness and quality: a taste of Steve Jobs.
At university in 2007, I worked with Disney to answer “What would a Disney theme park iPhone app do?” before there were iPhone apps. For another class, my team produced this gem documenting Apple’s advertising over 25 years. It’s embarrassing save an epic beard, but it exists for good reason.
I bought my first Mac two months later. His legend is well storied, but the Steve Jobs I remember is the showman on stage — delivering with effortless love for this work. Through declining health his character and persistence became more admirable. Reactions to his death encompassed disbelief, respect, anger, and sadness. Shortly afterward a simple tribute echoed.
While Twitter was brilliant in the moment and helped me find these articles, I’d prefer they weren’t lost for ephemera. This is a short list of eulogies and remembrances from people who knew and revered him.
- Steve Jobs, 1955–2011 via Wired
- With time running short, Jobs managed his farewells via New York Times
- For Jobs, the people came before the products via GigaOm
- 5 memorable quotes from Steve Jobs via CNN
- Steve Jobs: “Technology alone is not enough” via The New Yorker
- My neighbor, Steve Jobs via Lisen Stromberg
- Steve via Sebastiaan de With
- He Noticed, and That Mattered via Stuntbox
- Universe Dented, Grass Underfoot via Daring Fireball
- Tribute to Steve Jobs via The Colbert Report
- What I learned from Steve Jobs via Guy Kawasaki
- The last time I saw Steve Jobs via Plucky Tree
- Steve Jobs via Elliot Jay Stocks
- Videos tagged Steve Jobs via Devour
- Steve Jobs narrates ‘The Crazy Ones’ via The Loop
- Remembering Steve Jobs via FontShop
- A street art tribute to Steve Jobs via Wooster Collective
Most days I rarely have more contact with anyones’ inventions but his. For my part, there was never an Apple without Steve Jobs and there never will be.