One of the coolest things about Macworlds past was always Steve Jobs' Apple keynote address at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. In 2007, I had the grand fortune of running the podcasting symposium for Macworld. That opportunity afforded me a "golden" ticket to witness Mr. Jobs in person was certainly something I will always cherish.
Being in the hall was exciting as any rock concert I've ever attended, and that includes seeing Led Zeppelin in '74 and The Clash in '79. Jobs was magnetic and dynamic in such a low key cool geek dude kinda way. The crowd was drinking the Koolaid by the buckets. (They had in the past, they would in the future.) After wowing us with the iPhone, a device that changed the mobile handheld device for eternity, he rolled out John Mayer to play! Kudos to the marketing crew at Apple for targeting the geeks that would wave Apple's products and aps flags long and wide. Hell, I was a brand barker proud and true before. After that monumental keynote? Forever.
And what about Pixar? Who could have predicted the future success of that company when Mr. Jobs purchased them in 1986? They set the benchmark for animated storytelling that continues today. That Disney bought them in 2006 at a valuation of $7.4 billion thus making him their largest shareholder says all that you need to know about his imprint.
But beyond Jobs extraordinary ability to lead devotees into the future, he was a very private man. He shunned the spotlight, rarely give interviews, kept his family life under wraps. He was happy to let his company's products do the talking. He invented the future of computers and left it for the world to use and refine and reinvent and populate. He was visionary, a maverick, one cool dude. He left a void that will burn bright into the future. - Dusty Wright
Mr. Wright is the former editor-in-chief of Creem and Prince's New Power Generation magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and music. He is also a singer/songwriter who has released 4 solo CDs, and a member of the folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was a William Morris agent.