Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tribute to the Late Steve Jobs - Insight Into Why the Apple Innovative Tech Dream Will Survive Him


Steve Jobs -- arguably, the greatest wunderkind the tech world has ever known. Born of the Baby Boomer generation, now dead at the young age of 56. Though I consciously know that he has passed away, like legions of others, I just don't want to believe it. The visionary who brought us not only iTunes, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad and Pixar, but also an assortment of other advanced technologies that were way before their time when they were first introduced, setting the standard for whole new product categories, is gone. Forever.  

Apple Studio Monitor I use with Apple's Memorial to Steve Jobs On Screen
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas, 

According to the official announcement from Apple, Steve died October 5, 2011, succumbing to cancer.  His untimely passing was just over a month since stepping down as CEO. His last breath taken just one day after the iPhone 4 GS was rolled out, the first Apple product ever to be introduced by his predecessor Tim Cook.

I am a huge Apple fan and user. Always have been, always will be as long as Apple and I shall live. Back in the 1980s, while lots of others were snapping up the first IBM PC, I acquired my first of many Macs and other Apple branded tech tools. A brand at the time that was thought of as more geeky and un-cool, considered far less cutting edge than today. 

I've also admired Steve's accomplishments, creativity, brilliance, tenacity, and talent since I was in my 20s. In fact, Steve and I go way back as I am just a year younger than he was. Though I never met him, I started my career in technology not long after Apple Computer was created and consider myself to be an early adopter that followed the young neophyte company intensely. As a matter of fact, the first computer I ever bought for home use was not an IBM Personal Computer nor even a PC clone; it was an early Apple model. I've passed that brand loyalty onto my own children. Since they were toddlers, my triplets and their big brother (all born within a year), have been raised with the Apple suite of products and services to inspire their young minds.

My Triplets Started Early Learning With the Macintosh SE
Vintage Photo 1999,  by Janis Brett Elspas,

The question among us devout Apple enthusiasts -- is this. Did the Apple dream die with Steve, destined to become mere legend? Or will Jobs vision live on as inspiration for generations that have yet to be born? I'm betting that Apple continues to grow, prosper and inspire us all who admire Steve Jobs and the company, who along with co-founder Steve Wozniak, started it all. 

Read more in memory of the late Steve Jobs in my SocialMoms Tech Column.

How about you? Please leave a comment to share your thoughts and messages of memorial here.

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