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The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg wrote one of the handful of stories on Steve Jobs that everyone has been passing around as “must-reads” over the past 18 hours.(Brian Lam, formerly of Gizmodo, wrote another. And you need to see Wired’s home page. And you need to see the SF Chronicle picture of Steve and his wife Laurene that Robert Scoble published. And you need to read Steve’s 2005 commencement speech at Stanford, as well as some of the other things Steve said over the years. And you have to listen to Steve himself, in the voiceover of this amazing ad that was produced as part of Apple’s “Think Different” campaign. You can also find links to all those things here, on our own memorial page.)
Walt’s remembrance of Steve was written in the first person. He described his interactions with Steve over the years. He explained how, after Steve returned to Apple in the late 1990s, Steve used to call Walt’s house every Sunday to talk to him for an hour off the record. He described how Steve would call not to “complain” about Walt’s columns, but to discuss his “ideas” on them. He described how, recently, he walked to a park near Steve’s house with Steve, and how he felt when Steve seemed too weak to go on.
All those details are amazing.
But this one’s wonderful:
Sometimes, not always, he’d invite me in to see certain big products before he unveiled them to the world…
We’d meet in a giant boardroom, with just a few of his aides present, and he’d insist — even in private — on covering the new gadgets with cloths and then uncovering them like the showman he was, a gleam in his eye and passion in his voice.
We’d then often sit down for a long, long discussion of the present, the future, and general industry gossip.
Imagine that. Steve invites you to a private room to show you a new product he has made—a product that he’s so proud of that he wants to show it to you personally. And, before you even enter the room, Steve covers the product with a cloth so he can unveil it in front of you, “like the showman he was, a gleam in his eye and passion in his voice.”
THAT, ladies and gentlemen, was Steven P. Jobs.
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