I first heard the name when watching Pirates of Silicon Valley while in high school. It was appropriately during a computer programming class. It was the first time I associated a person with the Macintosh computer I had first used to play Space Invaders as a little kid. I associated the face of Noah Wyle with Steve Jobs for a very long time. I didn’t bother rectifying that association in my mind because it seemed as if Apple was a thing of the past. Why bother?
Fast forward a few years, and I owned an iPod Mini. Fast forward a few more, and I owned an iPhone 3G. Fast forward to today, and I am browsing MacBook Airs. . . It is safe to say I no longer think of a former ER actor when I think of Steve Jobs.
I usually view words like “revolutionized,” “genius,” and “visionary” with disdain for being honorable superlatives that have become mere platitudes. But with Steve Jobs, they were not only applicable—they may have been understatements. In the time of ubiquitous behemoth corporations, for one individual to have such a lasting impact on several separate industries and millions (billions?) of people is truly remarkable. It takes an unbelievable person to exert his will in such a manner.
We all want to say something special at times like this to honor people as special as Steve Jobs. However, words have the peculiar quality of failing us at these crucial moments. So, I will just share my feelings. I am deeply saddened. Whether through game changing consumer devices or Pixar, Steve Jobs has inspired me to dream big. Some of the things he made possible were inconceivable, but his propensity to never settle for less than his vision, compels me to be just as relentless—to “stay hungry, stay foolish.”
Thank you, Steve. We miss you already.