A sister’s eulogy reveals Steve Jobs’ final words

“I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us,” Mona Simpson writes for The New York Times. “Later, after I’d met my father, I tried to believe he’d changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was an idealistic revolutionary, plotting a new world for the Arab people.”

“Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me,” Simpson writes. “For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.”

Simpson writes, “What I learned from my brother’s death was that character is essential: What he was, was how he died… Steve’s final words were: OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Jubei,” “Edward Weber,” “Tony W.,” “Alan Dodds,” “Citymark,” “goddess,” “Lava_Head_UK,” “night healer,” “Ellis D.,” “Dale S.,” “Hg Wells,” “Lynn Weiler,” “Mike_D,” and “Whit D.” for the heads up.]


  1. If you haven’t watched it, yet see the Apple special event honoring Steve Jobs on their website. Amazing! There’s a few “wows” in there too. Have the Kleenex handy ’cause Norah’s gonna make you cry. Fair warning given.

  2. “Wow,” he saw the light, a physical manifestation we all think is the “other side…” Maybe he saw something else. Maybe he saw what in fact was there in front of him- his life, and the depth of his love. I went through a car windshield head first, and suddenly the fight I’d had with my wife, my hate for my job, my fear and pain and confusion- evaporated into meaningless and dust. Nothing survives truth and mortality but Love.. It’s the only thing you’re left with- everything else you drop or disappears. The ultimate simplicity. Stripped to its core- what we all are, forever, if we last- all that is real-is love.

    1. As one gets older this becomes more and more apparent in a gradual fashion, rather than in an instant such as in the event of a near death experience. This gradual realization can change your life. If it doesn’t you’ll regret it in the end.

  3. He saw iHeaven of course. Seriously those “OH WOW” words will be debated for years as a sort of “Rosebud.”. Steve Jobs final words seem to reveal the innocent childlike wonder he kept and maintained of the World which might also explain why he was such a tech giant. I was moved and captivated by Mona’s eulogy.

        1. I’m sorry, I don’t understand how I passed any judgement. Just shared a fact. I’m sorry if that fact makes you uncomfortable. Buddhism does not require accepting Christ as one’s savior, which the Bible says is the only requirement to gain access to heaven.

          I met with Jobs several times in meetings while employed by Apple. He’s brilliant. I hope to speak with him again.

          1. The Bible is NOT a fact, just as religious beliefs are NOT facts. They are a fairy tale. Just like heaven. There is no heaven, no hell, no god, nada. Zilch. Zero.

  4. It feels like a privilege to read the words she spoke in her eulogy and to know Steve’s final words. Amazing. So sad, but so wonderful as well. True Respect to this man.

  5. Reminds me of William Shatner, in his recent doco The Captains, recalling how he played the death of Captain Kirk. He decided Kirk would approach that final frontier the same way he had approached his life exploring the galaxy, with a sense of awe and wonder. His words: “Oh my!”

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