Steve Jobs: Fond Memories & the Future

Mat Luschek

If they met Steve Jobs, they're writing about it today. Columnists, reporters, business people, presidents ... the impact Jobs had can be felt by the volume of the 1s and 0s being posted all over the internet.

Here's a quick survey of "We knew him when...":

President Obama: "... he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity."

Walt Mossberg at AllThingsD who interviewed Jobs alongside Bill Gates: "(Jobs) was a historical figure on the scale of a Thomas Edison or a Henry Ford..."

A small, growing memorial is coming together at Apple headquarters in Cupertino. Here's a slideshow of it.

Brian Lam at (formerly of Gizmodo) has an impactful memory of a run-in with Jobs at a conference: "He's taller than I thought he would be, and pretty tanned."

NBC Bay Area's Scott Budman remembers how his first sit-down with Jobs didn't go quite as planned -- until Jobs had the lighting just right.

Steven Levy at reminds us Jobs had a precocious, innovative spirit at an early age: "At age 13, he called up the head of HP and cajoled him into giving Jobs free computer chips."

David Morgenstern at remembers a "fireside chat" Jobs had with angry developers back in 1997: "He was amazing, handling hecklers and fans alike, and there were more of the former than the latter in attendance."

John Biggs and Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch clipped together a look at the future and how Apple has influenced where we're all headed: "... remember that everything Steve Jobs touched was a masterpiece of engineering in a world where 'just OK' is increasingly the norm."

Disney CEO Bob Iger, who bought's Pixar for $7.4 billion in 2006: "(His legacy) will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined."

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