Wednesday, October 26, 2011

No! He's gone?!? Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson

He died, OK, he died. No! He couldn't have died! He was STEVE JOBS!!! How could he die! He was going to live for decades more! But wait, we knew this was coming. He was sick wasn't he? He wasn't CEO anymore. We new this was coming... Unless you have had your head in the sand these past couple weeks, on October 5th at 3:00 PM, innovative genius and inspirational entrepreneur Steven Paul Jobs died. With the death of an idol, people earnestly searched the internet for info on Steve. People wanted to know, Who was Steve Jobs, really? What were his early years like? What eventually killed him?

Walter Issacson, former writer for Time Magazine and CNN, and CEO of the Aspen Institute had been asked by Steve in mid-2009 to write his biography. Issacson had previously written biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin. Steve admired his work. However, Issacson initially said no, because he was just finishing up his biography on Einstein. He told Steve, "Maybe in a decade or two when you retire!" Steve had taken a medical leave of absence in early 2009, but was back to Apple by June. On New Year's Day 2009, Walter Issacson got a call from Steve pleading with him to do the biography. Soon after, Issacson received a call from Laurene, Steve's wife of 21 years, telling him he must do it now! He said yes, knowing Steve's time must be running out. In early 2011, Steve took his final medical leave of absence, and sadly resigned from the CEO position of Apple Inc. in August. He died six weeks to the day.

So, this is how it came to be that on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, after 40 plus interviews with Steve and countless interviews with friends, family, and past colleagues and girlfriends, and a seemingly endless wait for the book's release date, all 571 pages of Issacson's book about my deceased role model lay at my feet.  My reaction when I got it off the porch when I came home was this: "YYYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!"
I greatly mourn the loss of such an amazing man, but am so happy to finally be able to read about his life, past experiences, how he felt, how he lived, and what his beliefs were!


  1. Hey, why don't I show up as one of your followers?? My smiling face is not in your sidebar.:) Great post that captures the shock we all felt to get the news that Steve Jobs had left us. I may have to borrow that book when you've finished with it!

  2. I think you do! I see you as a member at the very top left. And thanks about the post! And sure you can borrow the book when I'm done. I am about half way through :)