Today in History: Tribute to Steve Jobs
Remember your first Apple product? Maybe it was a computer, device for playing and storing audio, touch screen, or phone? Sleek and sexy technology at the cutting edge. Intuitive, fun, delightful, addictive, always changing. Or… when the library migrated over from the Dells, becoming beautifully populated with bright new Macs? Our fleet was under command — sailing us into a new era of enhanced usage. Technology experience grew more custom, creative, and compelling — and with no going back. Can you imagine ever going back? Who doesn’t love Apple, dare we ask? Just visit the Apple Store, and see how shopping informs the design of customer service, pushing us to think about the way we can continue to transform research and information in the digital age. From aesthetically bold stores, to attentive, detailed, and personable interactions, it is an engaging lesson. So, thank you, Steve Jobs, for enlightening us in many ways!
American information technology entrepreneur and inventor, Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011), was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. which he co-founded with Steve Wozniak in 1976. His revolutionary products include iPod, iPhone and iPad which transformed the way we experience technology, as well as major industries, like music and mobile communications. A technology leader, Jobs was closely involved with Pixar Animation Studios, which produced immensely popular and award-winning movies, like “Toy Story.”
Jobs died on October 5, 2011, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. News features stories about Steve Jobs — his life, career, and impact.
The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- Apple’s Bloom and Fall. (1997, Aug 08). The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Everts, Eric C. (1998, Dec 21). Triumph of Form, Substance. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Richtel, M. (2011, Oct 06). Jobs’s Death Draws Outpouring of Grief and Tributes. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Steve Jobs Transformed Our Culture. (2011, Oct 07). New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Lillington, K. (2011, Oct 07). A Great High-Tech Innovator Who Put the ‘i’ into Icon. The Irish Times (1921-Current File)
- O’Brien, C. (2011, Oct 07). World Mourns Death of Apple’s Inspiration Jobs. The Irish Times (1921-Current File)
- Visionary Leader in Creation of Digital Age. (2011, Oct 08). The Irish Times (1921-Current File)
- Steve, L. S. (2011, Oct 09). The Power of Taking the Big Chance. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Maslin, J. (2011, Oct 22). Making the iBio for Apple’s Genius. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Chen, B. X., & Alter, A. (2015, Mar 26). Apple’s Leading Executives Bite Back in Bid to Paint a Gentler Picture of Steve Jobs’s Life. The Irish Times (1921-Current File)
For further insight, check out Steve Job’s 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, “How to Live Before You Die“.
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