With time running short, Steve Jobs managed his farewells

“Over the last few months, a steady stream of visitors to Palo Alto, Calif., called an old friend’s home number and asked if he was well enough to entertain visitors, perhaps for the last time,” Charles Duhigg reports for The New York Times.

“In February, Steven P. Jobs had learned that, after years of fighting cancer, his time was becoming shorter,” Duhigg reports. “He quietly told a few acquaintances, and they, in turn, whispered to others. And so a pilgrimage began.”

“Mr. Jobs spent his final weeks — as he had spent most of his life — in tight control of his choices. He invited a close friend, the physician Dean Ornish, a preventive health advocate, to join him for sushi at one of his favorite restaurants, Jin Sho in Palo Alto,” Duhigg report. “He said goodbye to longtime colleagues including the venture capitalist John Doerr, the Apple board member Bill Campbell and the Disney chief executive Robert A. Iger. He offered Apple’s executives advice on unveiling the iPhone 4S, which occurred on Tuesday. He spoke to his biographer, Walter Isaacson. He started a new drug regime, and told some friends that there was reason for hope.”

Duhigg reports, “But, mostly, he spent time with his wife and children — who will now oversee a fortune of at least $6.5 billion, and, in addition to their grief, take on responsibility for tending to the legacy of someone who was as much a symbol as a man… ‘Steve’s concerns these last few weeks were for people who depended on him: the people who worked for him at Apple and his four children and his wife,’ said Mona Simpson, Mr. Jobs’s sister. ‘His tone was tenderly apologetic at the end. He felt terrible that he would have to leave us.'”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

28 Comments

  1. …and to think that this rarity of a Real Man
    was still doubted as a genius by naysayers,
    still insulted as a philanthropically poor,
    when he always gave the world by changing it through beguiling products, sublime services, supporting countless jobs in countless industries, giving users real smiles etc., all the while keeping his charitable donations anonymous, not perversely showing it off like Billy Gates of Hell Foundation etc.

    Steve Jobs for President is now iGod on iClouds
    bless you & your family for giving us too much ; )
    beyond what we deserved – not living life to daily accomplishment…

    iThankYou iBodhisattva

  2. i’m not religious but that’s not @ God.
    i just lost mine. my iGod.

    iSteve, iPhone4S (iPhoneForSteve) is one Sirius gem.
    physically gone, not otherwise!
    what an Nietzschian Übermensch…
    see you later allig…!

    thanks. merci. danke. gracias. grazie. shukran.
    谢谢 (chi) ありがとう (jap) 감사합니다 (kor)
    спасибо (rus) ευχαριστίες (grk)

  3. Few actually knew him personally, yet we all feel like we knew him and that’s why we just plain call him Steve. No need for last names. He left all the ducks in a row for us, now the question is what are we going to do with what he left us. I wish I could have met him personally…even let him yell at me or something…would’ve been great to have been hollered at by Steve.

  4. is it not amazing to have lived in Steve’s lifetime!
    humans for 1000s of years missed out on this comet,
    whilst the future generations will too.

    we were lucky no matter if we met him or not, in person,
    as we all felt him, as he touched us all deeply,
    whether we agree or not. his influence in quality & aesthetics & ease & philosophy & & & infiltrated all industries, not just tech.

    we knew him as he symbolized & lived what we all aspire to reach. for him, there was no secret to life & happiness, as he was so damn focused in reality (his reality distortion field claims by the media is thus ludicrous, as we all lived lamely without it), he would not spend 2 days without recalibrating himself to live his Dream, to accomplish something daily.

    the most followed funeral in history could be Gandhi’s or Diana’s. Steve’s will be more impactful.

    bless you miSteve!

  5. His loss is incalculable, but if there’s a bright side it’s that he lived so long after the initial diagnosis. He was able to deliver the iPhone and iPad and see his company assume its rightful place as tech industry leader.

    If he’d died back in 2004 I doubt the response would have been as huge – or Apple’s future as assured.

  6. Wednesday started out a mellow day, my 54th birthday as a matter of fact. Work a little, lunch with a friend, calls from my sons.
    Then the news and a feeling of emptiness.
    Birthdays will have a hint of melancholy, tinged with feelings of warmth for a great man.

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