A Tribute to Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs was a long-time resident of Palo Alto. Out of respect for his family and their privacy, we're not reaching out to them directly during this difficult time.

What we would like to do, however, is invite you to help pay tribute to Steve Jobs and the impact he has had in this community, as a resident, a philanthropist, and as a friend to the countless people who new him.

Lisen Stromberg, a columnist for Palo Alto Patch, offers . We also produced .

Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa said the community today lost a "great mind" and "incredible innovator."

"We live in a region of technology titans, but there are very few who really are recognized around the world as icons because of the impact that their innovations and leadership has had on the industry," said Espinosa. "Steve Jobs was one of those people, and it’s not just that you can walk downtown and go into any restaurant or store and see people on their iPods and iPads and other devices, it’s that you can see people in cities all around the globe and see that this technology and this brand in particular has had an impact in a very short period of time in every corner of the earth, and that is phenomenal."

Flavio Bonomi, a VP at Cisco and a neighbor who attended fundraisers at Steve Jobs' house, said this:

"I’m feeling sad and honored to have lived close to him. He really made a decision to live in the context of this neighborhood without living in an ivory tower."

Lisa van Dusen, whose kids went to with Jobs', said she often witnessed a different side of him than was typically represented in the media.

"My own experience of him was being a pretty private person, but I sensed this sort of tenderness and something gentle about him with his family," she said. "Just kind of lovely, but quiet. He wasn’t a big personality in that context. He just seemed very happy to be with his family."

How would you describe the impact Steve Jobs had on your life? Did you ever get to meet him? How will the city, or the world, change in his absence?

Tell us in the comments section below.

Aaron Selverston October 06, 2011 at 02:34 AM
Chime in: how would you describe the impact Steve Jobs has had on Palo Alto? Did you ever meet him?
Luis October 06, 2011 at 04:40 AM
You had the fortune of knowing Steve. All of us who didn't, feel the same way you feel right now. We feel he was our neighbor too. For some reason, he managed to touch our hearts and make our lives easier. We will always remember him and his legacy will always be in our memories and in our daily lives.
mcora cortez October 06, 2011 at 08:53 AM
He does not know I even existed, much less know my name (I live on the other side of the globe from where Palo ALto is). But I cried when I heard the news of his passing today. But I do feel like he knew me well because whatever product or service he conceived and rolled out, it's as if he knew that that's what would make me happy. I will miss him so...
Eric October 06, 2011 at 09:27 AM
As a creative person, I have made a living and have fed my family because of the wonderful products and services, created by Apple. My life is inherently better, richer, easier and just a little bit sweeter because of you. Thank You Steve Jobs. R.I.P. :(
Roman Menyhart October 06, 2011 at 09:56 AM
Thank you Steve for your continued inspiration and mentorship for almost half of my life. Although we never met, I always dreamed of taking a walk with you in the woods and discussing life. Your house might have been on the other side of the globe, but to me you were a neighbor and I will miss you greatly. Rest in peace.
Fulvio October 06, 2011 at 10:25 AM
You were crazy enough to think you could change the world, and you didi it.... Thank you for pushing us forward all these years... Ciao Steve, we'll miss you.....
Dan Stræte Lagergren October 06, 2011 at 01:03 PM
To the Family, Friends and everybody that loved Steve Jobs, I am humbled to feel that I have known Steve Jobs, even though we never met. Frankly I am not even that into Apple's products. But nonetheless I feel that I know him, at least a little. I always watch every Apple key note, and I watched the whole presentation Steve gave about expanding Apple's headquarters into a modern, environment friendly and a cool working place for Apple's employees. I could go on and on, but Steve is now gone from this World. But his legacy will continue to influence every branch of the IT-industry for decades to come. He surely must have been a grate Husband, Father, Role model, Leader and Colleague to those who stood closest to him. Steve Jobs down to earth approach to everything means a lot to me, and thus I have always had a great amount of respect for him. He has shown that the sky is the limit in all aspects. Go do your dream, because life is so precious, and we never know when it will end. I would like to quote Larry Fleinheart from the TV-series Numb3rs, as he says so perfectly: " What binds humans togheter? Love. Powerful in small spaces, yet with profound effect on distance. Love defies time, outliving both its source and its object. Love is faster than light; for light requires time in order to travel through space, but love reaches its object instantaneously. Love journeys forever; into infinity ... " Love, Dan Stræte Lagergren Trondheim, Norway
Terry Majamaki October 06, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Here's to the crazy one, Steve Jobs, you will forever live in our thoughts, hearts, and your vision will always be under our fingertips. Read more @ http://majamaki.com/2011/10/steve-jobs-the-crazy-one/
Aimee Bolter Campbell October 06, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Bye, Steve, I will miss seeing you walking your dogs, picking up trash and dog poop along the way, and waiting in line with you at Bagelworks while you kept your kid occupied in the sweetest, most loving DadWay. You gave the world a lot more than just awesome, brilliant stuff...
deepali nangia October 06, 2011 at 03:35 PM
I was first introduced to the ipod by a good friend and although he and I aren't friends anymore, I can't even dream about living without it!! Thus began my love affair with Apple. I then started a small business in India and thanks to the mac have managed to almost doing anything and everything creative on it with super ease. And my son who is not two yet, operates the ipad with the ease of a genius. The only thing that could pacify him this summer when I left him with a nanny was the ipad. Steve's contribution to creativity, music and technology has changed the way we all will. Today iSad and pay tribute to one of the greatest innovators of all times. Deepali Nangia, London, UK
robert October 06, 2011 at 04:38 PM
I remember Steve from grade school before his parents took a good look at the old Mountain View High School and decided to move him and their household to Cupertino. I loved being in his class because he could open his mouth and tear up the place with one of his off handed remarks. I wanted to pal around with him when I was a 10 year old, but his mom took one look at me and made it very clear that I was not fit company for her son. That affected my self worth for a long time, but now that is changing in ways I would never have imagined. Because of that wonderful computer that he pioneered, a small potato of a gardener like me can become waaaaaay more than the sum of my parts. I use that computer toward the ends of Earth Stewardship etc. and that process is exponentially growing before my very eyes. Thank you Steve. However briefly you were in my life, I thank you for being there.
Jordan Bajor October 06, 2011 at 05:24 PM
The fact that WE lived in the time of one of the planets few true icons (up there with Henry Ford, Einstein, to name a few) is a rare and wonderful gift that we will take with us with great honor, pride, amazement, and respect... I'm am very sad at the forced realization of the mortality of a 'larger than life' person (well beyond that of a celebrity) who has truly changed how the world accepts and uses technology, innovation, and information. We experienced his influence directly! That is so awesome!! People will be talking about, writing about, building on it and studying it for decades to come, all in the past tense, but WE WERE THERE! Kinda like the summer of love in the 60s! We got to see the world change as a result of his mind and passion! Thank you Mr. Jobs!
joelle cruz October 06, 2011 at 07:15 PM
I personally (& physically) met Mr. Jobs at the Palo Alto Apple Store Location last year. It was such an amazing, special day that I will never forget.. It took me about 10 minutes to approach him -debating if I should or should not questions but I suddenly realized that it might be the first and (only) last chance to meet him.. So I handed him our first issue of Made in Palo Alto Magazine and shared with him how he made an impact in my life by using his SE/30, 2CX & becoming a designer and publisher using his wonderful creations.. finally - I said nervously, "Excuse me Mr . Jobs" ... he graciously stopped and listened, shook my hand, took the magazine, glanced through it and said that this is "cool!- I will read it and take it home" then he put it in his back pocket. (What an amazing experienced.) May God Bless his family and his loved ones..
Betty Schneider October 06, 2011 at 10:32 PM
When we lived in Johannesburg (during part of South Africa’s apartheid period during the 1970s and ‘80s) those of us working on our PhDs at the University of Witwatersrand were given the choice of learning how to use the PC or the Mac (it was known as Apple then). After looking both platforms over, most of us chose the Mac, because it was so intuitive and easy to use. Imagine our profound dismay when shortly after that, Steve Jobs withdrew Apple’s participation in South Africa in any way, because of it’s government policy of apartheid at that time. Since then, I’ve always felt Steve Jobs must be special, and particularly so when I later heard that he had attended Reed College (where I had spent two years) and had taken (or audited) a course from Professor Lloyd Reynolds who taught calligraphy there. Steve’s influence on all of us has been important, by example and by his results. May the world produce more minds like Steve Jobs!
Anders Holm October 06, 2011 at 10:43 PM
I'm a Swede, currently living in Ireland. I've never met Steve Jobs, nor do I live in Palo Alto. However, as I look at my (aging) iPhone 3G while typing this on my MacBook (now aging as well) I do have fond memories of even older and more aging events that has been brought into my life by Steve Jobs. I remember in my 8th year in school back in Sweden (I was not yet 15), way back in '87, helping the teachers with their new computers. I was one of these self taught kids that just knew about computers, so they solicited my spare time between classes to do things. At home I was busying myself with Amigas, having already spent 7 years of my life in front of a computer screen. What machines did the teachers need my help with? Apple II's.... Already back when I was still a teenager, my life was changed by Steve Jobs. I do remember those machines fondly, and to this day I am convinced that he and the company he created has changed and helped shape and direct how computers should be and can be used. I have had computers since I was 8, from a time when computers really didn't surface in the home at all. I am also one of these people who never graduated, and to this day I have done quite well from my computer knowledge. I will remember him for what he managed to give to the rest of us, and what he taught us about how these machines can be used and what they are capable of. RIP
Sheila Shane October 07, 2011 at 01:24 AM
I never met Steve Jobs, but I was sad when he resigned on August 24th from his position with Apple. I had read in Newsweek that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer and right away I knew the reason for his leaving his beloved Apple. I was even sadder to learn of his passing yesterday.
Maurice October 07, 2011 at 04:46 AM
I had the distinct pleasure of working for the man for almost 19 years of my life, but his innovation began to affect me from the age of 14. As I am 47 today, that is 33 years that Steve and his impact on my life have shaped who I am. I worked for Apple from 1983 to 1994, the consulted for Apple from 1995 until 2002. I got to travel the world with Steve and the tradeshow team, working as one of the writers and presentation designers, as well as a show presenter. I had the pleasure of getting to spend time on occasion working directly with Steve, one on one, helping him with his speeches for products on several occasions. I consider myself a very lucky person to have had my life touched by his magic, and I know that his influence will be with me throughout the rest of my years. I am a better person because of you, Steve.
Dee October 07, 2011 at 08:10 AM
I had heard he handed out treats at Halloween so I took my kids to his house in 2007, his last year of handing out treats due to his health. The crowds passed and we were there alone with him while he joked with my 2-year old about jumping into the smoking cauldron and swimming in it. He seemed to sincerely enjoy children and was so patient. I asked if I could take a photo but he politely declined. Have to wonder if the mummies on the ground were security guards. With his "normal" lifestyle, perhaps they really were stuffed dummies. Years later, the lines to his house grew, as did the displays. I remember that special time with him and how nice he was to us.
Darryl Diggs October 07, 2011 at 01:08 PM
My name is Darryl Diggs. I'm 67 years old, a retired math and technology teacher. I bought my first Apple 2E computer in 1986 and have been an Apple user ever since. My career and much of my life has been tied to what Steve Jobs created with Apple. I've seen all of Steve's product introductions and have used and owned all of his creations through this time. My desktop picture is the new Apple "Spaceship" campus that I can only imagine will be the vehicle that Steve Jobs uses to travel to another planet where Steve Jobs Lives Again.
Kavita Singh October 12, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Anything said about Steve is just not enough- what a huge dent that he made and left in this Universe ! Right from 5 year olds to 75 year olds are using an Apple product - all due to the simplicity of the technology that Steve created. When I read about his passing, I cried due to 2 reasons- firstly, that why did such a phenomenal person have to die so young, he spent most of his life changing our lives for the better, making our lives simpler and easier to connect, secondly, I felt saddened that now my son may not see more Apple products- and felt insecure about the future of technology. So, my heartfelt condolences to his family- may God give them strength . And I do hope that Apple can continue to have the same insane effect on us ,as it did have on us with Steve. Kavita Singh- Hong Kong


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