R. I. P. Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

Posted by Grey Thursday, October 6, 2011

One day following the unveiling of the iPhone 4S by Apple, Apple founder Steve Job, undoubtedly one of the greatest minds of our time, has passed away. The Daily Zombies mourn one of the greatest innovators of all time who has changed the world in his time.

There is absolutely no doubt that more likely than not, you would have heard the tragic news by now: Earlier just now, announced the death of its visionary founder Steve Jobs from cancer at 56. Here's the official statement from Apple:

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts."

That said, we here at The Daily Zombies still felt obliged to pay tribute to one of the greatest minds of our time who has changed the world in more ways than one would have initially thought. Actually, the fact that you are reading this and me writing this is in itself an indirect result of what Steve Jobs's impeccable efforts in shaping the world. For the man who indeed needs no introduction, we will not even try to list out his incredible contribution in shaping the world to be a better place. Instead, we celebrate the life of the great visionary by taking the line of the other leaders of the world.

From President Barack Obama's official statement at the White House Blog:

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

President Barack Obama, with Jobs and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

From Bill Gates, at the Gates Notes:

I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

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

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.

A video clip with both Jobs and Gates in a rare joint appearance at All Things Digital 5.

From Walt Disney president/CEO Bob Iger, at The Wall Street Journal:

"Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined.

Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started.

With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time."

From John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer & Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios at EW:

"Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply ‘make it great.’ He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time."

Lasseter, Jobs, Catmull, along with director Pete Docter, producer Bob Peterson and composer Michael Giacchino at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7th, 2010 in Hollywood, California.

From Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook:

"Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you."

In a message to EW, Steven Spielberg, who among numerous incredible accolades, is incidentally one of the founders of DreamWorks Animation, the rival of Pixar:

"Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips."

From Trent Reznor (AKA Nine Inch Nails)'s Twitter account:

"Thanks for the tools, the inspiration, the possibilities... Miss you already Steve."

Star Wars creator George Lucas in a statement:

"The magic of Steve was that while others simply accepted the status quo, he saw the true potential in everything he touched and never compromised on that vision. He leaves behind an incredible family and a legacy that will continue to speak to people for years to come."

In closing, we have renowned American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice actor Patton Oswalt's all-too-true remark at his Twitter account:

"RIP Steve Jobs. Closest thing we had to Tony Stark."

On October 5th, 2011, Jobs passed away in California at age 56, seven years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Laurene, to whom he was married for 20 years; their three children; and a fourth child, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, from a previous relationship.

Apart from being the man who brought us the tremendously popular and iconic products like iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, Jobs is without a shadow of doubt, a visionary and a multiple-talented genius with innovation, product design, and business. He brought about concepts previously thought to be ridiculous and through his sheer will, the future was brought to us. Perhaps lesser-known but still nonetheless remarkable would be Jobs's efforts in remolding the animation into the next level. After acquiring the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd from George Lucas for $5 million in 1986, Pixar Animation Studios was born under the wing of Jobs, after going through numerous tumultuous financial difficulties. In 1995, Toy Story, the first ever feature film to be made entirely with CGI, was released to overwhelming acclaim and box office success. Unknown to many, Jobs was actually credited in Toy Story as an executive producer. He later remained as the CEO and majority shareholder at 50.1 percent until its later acquisition by The Walt Disney Company in 2006. For the man who changed the face of the world and more significantly, the face of pop culture forever, we here at The Daily Zombies would like to take this opportunity to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Steve Jobs, and more importantly, express our most heartfelt thanks to the man.

As Jobs once said, "Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful... that's what matters to me."

Thank you, Steve. You have indeed make the world a better place and that is perhaps one of the most wonderful thing a mere mortal could have achieved. In parting, we take another look at two of the significant moment in the great man's illustrious life.

‎"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice." - Steve Jobs

At Stanford University's 114th Commencement on June 12th, 2005, Jobs gave his views on life and death, and getting fired from Apple.

And this is the first introduction of iPod at a low-key event in 2001. As we all know, the rest is history.


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