Where were you when you heard about Steve Jobs?

I remember when I was kid while sitting in a car outside a laundry-mat having a radio station interrupt some music to announce Elvis was dead. As a kid I was a huge fan of Elvis.  I was stunned. All I could think to do was cry.

I was standing outside of Fry’s in Palo Alto waiting for a co-worker to pick me up when I read the tweet. Steve Jobs had just passed away. We all knew this day would come but none of us were ready for it. I was stunned. Sad. Suddenly lonely.

When my friend picked me up I told him and said let’s go to the Apple Store in Palo Alto. I have been needing a new laptop for personal use and figured what better time to buy. So I grabbed a MacBook Air.

For me I will always remember where I was when I heard about SJ and I will always think about him when I use my Air.

RIP

7 thoughts on “Where were you when you heard about Steve Jobs?

  1. seanomalone

    I was a sophomore in high school when a friend had brought his homework assignment, a printout of a house layout he’d made on a computer. It was awesome, amazing to see that he had created this 16-page, tiled and tapped up computer generated graphic. He told me he created it on his new Macintosh, and I could not wait to see it. I’d only used the Apple IIe at school, which I loved, and my Commodore Vic-20 at home.

    I visited his house and couldn’t stop looking at and using his Mac. My family and I didn’t have the money to buy one, but I couldn’t stop reading about the Mac, Apple and Steve Jobs by way of the Macworld magazine, when I had the money to buy them. 

    A few years later, I got my hands on the Mac at work and took ‘ownership’ of it. Though it was a number of years before I actually owned one myself – I was always able to find access to one. 

    And Steve Jobs was always in my mind as the catalyst for great things, through sheer passion, reason and vision. A natural leader in that way. A man who set the bar so extremely high for how to build great products, that actually building the company was the byproduct in that effort. That building shareholder value was the byproduct. That building the most valuable company in the world was the byproduct. Sure those are all things people like, but Steve Jobs always had design and execution of great products as his love. And that’s why people love his products.

    Thank you Steve Jobs, for everyone you’ve inspired in the world, for your products and your great company. The world is a better place.

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  2. David Gleeson-Payne

    I was at work at SAP on Hillview Avenue, which overlooks Silicon Valley.  I left my desk and noticed the huge rainbow across the entire Valley; then headed down to see IT support.  I needed to get the SSO for my iPad reset.  The IT support guys went to Apple’s site to check something – and saw the news on the landing page.  Spooky.

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  3. David Gleeson-Payne

    I was at work at SAP on Hillview Avenue, which overlooks Silicon Valley.  I left my desk and noticed the huge rainbow across the entire Valley; then headed down to see IT support.  I needed to get the SSO for my iPad reset.  The IT support guys went to Apple’s site to check something – and saw the news on the landing page.  Spooky.

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