“The magazine went up for auction last week, and was consigned by Diane Williams of Escondido, California. Williams met the Apple co-founder back in October 1988, while working as a senior buyer for software company Lotus Development Corp. (now Lotus Software),” CNET reports. “She attended the unveiling of Jobs’ NeXT computer at the Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and brought along a few magazines that featured him on the cover.”
“After the unveiling, she said, Jobs came down and sat on a table close to her. She asked if he would sign one, to which he responded, ‘I don’t do autographs.’ Williams said she asked him to ‘write something from your heart then,’ at which point he smiled, hesitated and then pulled the Newsweek and wrote ‘I love manufacturing.’ After hesitating again, he underlined ‘love.’ Then he looked at Williams and signed it,” CNET reports. “‘It was like time stood still,’ Williams said in a previous interview with CNET.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We’ve seen Steve take photos with Apple fans before, at Macworld Expo New York in 1999 for one example, where he made a surprise visit to the show floor, but we never saw him sign anything for a fan, even though posters, books, magazines, and such were offered to him. In such situations, once he was recognized, he’d be quickly besieged with requests for photographs and would be forced to quickly leave.