Minden Press-Herald

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Sep 30th

Tribute to Steve Jobs, the Edison of the Modern World

I was at Thursday's meeting of the local Lions Club and heard an interesting point. Club member and local Minden dentist Dr. Richard Campbell asked someone to name three apples that changed the world.

The one Eve bit came as one reply. The one that hit Isaac Newton in the head was another.

And then there was Steve Jobs, leader of Apple, Inc., the man who revolutionized communications, entertainment and the life of virtually the entire civilized portion of the planet.

Innovator, genius, world changer. All of these terms could appropriately describe Jobs, who died Wednesday due to complications from a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Under Jobs' intense leadership and through his vision, Apple designed and created the iPod and iTunes, Mac laptop and desktop computers, the OS X operating system and the revolutionary iPhone and iPad.

In addition, he started the movie company Pixar, which has been responsible for such classics as the Toy Story franchise.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve had, the effects of which will be felt for countless generations to come.

Jobs' impact on our lives was nothing short of the ones made by Einstein, Edison and Ford.

In modern times, few can make the claim of having had such a profound effect on what millions of people do every day in their lives.

Over the years, Jobs' creations have helped us design, renovate, restore and improve. They have helped us remember, find, calculate, entertain, spend, save and reach out.

And, of course, to write, to share, to live and to love.

How much better he helped us with stories, poems, papers, eulogies, toasts, literary correspondence, grocery lists, love letters, business proposals and anything else we could imagine.

He helped bring us all closer together without moving us an inch.

Who knows what else he could have accomplished if the grim didn't snatch him away from us all.

Fifty six years old. That's just too damn young.

Josh Beavers is the publisher of the Minden Press-Herald.

Last Updated ( October 07, 2011 )  

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