Read These Now: The Best Steve Jobs Remembrances
11:32 am, October 6th | by Hillary Reinsberg
In just a few hours, fans, friends and admirers around the world have offered an outpouring of remembrances of the visionary Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died last night. Here are some of the most moving and interesting tributes and obituaries.
Walt Mossberg’s “The Steve Jobs I Knew” is probably the most moving and intimate homage to Jobs we’ve seen yet. Mossberg, who reviews products for The Wall Street Journal‘s All Things D, had a close personal relationship with Jobs that included hours-long Sunday night conversations on the phone. This piece has received a lot of attention — and rightfully so.
Brian Lam’s “Steve Jobs Was Always Kind To Me (Or, Regrets of An Asshole) is another intimate and deeply honest piece. Lam was the editor of Gizmodo when one of his writers found a misplaced iPhone 4 prototype at a Silicon Valley bar — a major scoop for the site but a disaster for Apple. He tells of his phone calls and emails with Jobs, eventually coming to partially regret finding the phone in the first place. ”I just feel lucky I had the chance to tell a kind man that I was sorry for being an asshole before it was too late.”
The New York Times‘ obituary is a bit less personal, but very comprehensive. It does a nice job telling Jobs’ life story from start to finish.
President Obama weighed in on his blog: “The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”
Over at Time: “Steve Jobs, whose death was announced on Wednesday night, wasn’t a computer scientist. He had no training as a hardware engineer or an industrial designer…But with astonishing regularity, Jobs did something that few people accomplish even once: he reinvented entire industries.”
A reporter recalls a 22-year-old Jobs: “In January 1977, a few days before I hosted Gametronics, the world’s first electronic games conference (Burlingame, California, Jan. 18-20), he called and asked if he could have a pass. Cash was tight, he said, because Apple Computer had incorporated only two weeks earlier. I was happy to waive the $60 admission charge for Jobs who was not quite 22 at the time.”