I never met Steve Jobs or talked to him on the phone. I never exchanged emails with him or interviewed him on the radio. But when I heard he died, it was felt like I had lost a close friend.
I grew up with Steve Jobs in business. I remember my father buying the first Apple II home computer that was available. From the sidelines, I cheered Steve’s successes (Returning to Apple, MacIntosh, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, MacBook, and the iPad) and even mourned his failures (fired from Apple, The Newton, Lisa, and Next Computers). I admired Apple coming back from having to take money from Microsoft and Bill Gates to being the most valuable company in the world.
Having worked for IBM in the 1990′s, I grew up on DOS and Windows Computers. Apple was the other guy until I bought my first iPod. Steve got me. My sons all wanted MacBooks for their computers. When it came time for my wife to have a new computer, I bought her an Apple. When the iPhone came out, I successfully resisted it…but only for a year.
Now I cheer every Apple innovation and new product. My family would visit an Apple store just for the fun of it. More importantly, I cheer Steve Jobs for the impact his genius had and how much fun all of his products are to use. RIP Steve Jobs. We will miss you in this world.