Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Apple says Steve Jobs has died - The Washington Post

Apple says Steve Jobs has died

By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, October 5, 4:49 PM

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple Inc. said the company’s co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday. He was 56.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” the company said in a brief statement.

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

The death of a mere celebrity is one thing, but the passing of a man who was a true creative genius, and who changed the lives of many, is much different. Steve changed the way I work and create, how I communicate, how I see the world.

I bought my first Apple computer in 1983, and my first Mac at the start of 1985. I served as the president of the Apple and Macintosh users group for Dallas-Fort Worth for two years, and served on the conference faculty for most of 7 years. During those times, I've made many friends and learned more than I can say. And none of that would have happened without Steve's vision and sometimes-infamous drive.

Those who are relatively new to the world of Apple products -- and many anti-consumerist critics -- think of Apple as a company that cranks out pretty toys.

Those of us who have been even peripherally involved in the Apple story from the early days know better. Steve's influence on user interface design, product design, music delivery and marketing, and many other areas -- including product demos and Powerpoint presentations -- can never be understated.

Steve was just one year older than I am, but lifetimes' worth of accomplishment ahead.

Thank you, Steve. May your creative vision and energy live on in Apple, its employees, its products, and its positive influence.

Posted via email from Yes, That Bob West

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