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Tribute: Steve Jobs

posted by Nell Minow

I like President Obama’s observation on the passing of Steve Jobs: “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.”

Jobs will be remembered along with Thomas Edison and Henry Ford as a visionary whose ideas transformed our culture and our sense of what was possible. His 2005 graduation speech at Stanford University should be watched by everyone — especially every teenager.

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Most tributes to Jobs will focus on the computers and gadgets like iPhones and iPods and iPads, on his understanding of the user and his passion for design. I want to pay tribute to him as a film-maker.  Jobs played a key role in the development of the most successful movie studio of all time, Pixar, now a part of Disney.  Without Steve Jobs, there would be no Nemo, no Incredibles, no house lifted by balloons, no rat chef and no “Hello Dolly-“loving robot romance (“Wall•E’s” Eva was of course designed by Apple engineers).  No Buzz and Woody.  No Sully and Boo.

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Jobs spoke about Pixar with Charlie Rose and in a “60 Minutes” interview about how Pixar began.  Apple has invited everyone to share memories and tributes at rememberingsteve@apple.com.

To infinity and beyond, Mr. Jobs.  May your memory be a blessing.

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