Deviating once again from our typical musical fair, we at the Northeast Underground would like to take some time to note the passing of Apple founder and technological innovator Steve Jobs.
According to a report on CNN.com, Jobs died Wednesday after years spent battling a variety of health problems and only a few short months after he stepped down from the position of chief executive officer at the company he helped create. He was 56.
While it is only too easy at a time like this to remember Steve as a guy in a black turtleneck, who popped up once every couple of months to hype the buying public into a frenzy by unveiling his latest i-themed gadget, he should be thought of instead as a tireless inventor who changed the world as we know it.
If it wasn’t for Jobs, I wouldn’t be here writing you now. Yes, I’m currently typing on a PC. But my first exposure to a computer was on an Apple product in elementary school. And from that point on, I knew I wanted to spend my life exploring the opportunities such machines offered. Just by reaching for my wireless mouse, I can feel the Apple titan’s legacy looming large.
Watch video of Steve Jobs telling stories from his life during his commencement address at Stanford University at 2005 here:
No, I won’t be rushing out the door to buy a Mac out of grief. And no, I’m not going to switch to an iPhone. My Droid suits me just fine. Hell, I’m not even going to make the trip to my local Apple store to pay my respects like so many others are apparently doing.
I will however rise from my seat to raise a toast for a single man who changed the world. Thank you Steve. We wouldn’t be the same without you.
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