Like the world, I knew Steve Jobs' stepping down as CEO of Apple in August after several years dealing with pancreatic cancer was the beginning of the end. But I read somewhere where he had three great new products left to present to us and I hoped he could live long enough to see them come alive. We'll probably never know if he conveyed to Tim Cook the ideas in the past few weeks but sure I hope he did.
I typed my first book on a Mac and acquired my last electronic device, an iPad, only a while ago; plus I'm now listening to my iPod playing Chopin in my Montmartre garret and my oldest multi-talented grand-daughter makes films on her Apple. In some ways then, although I've never shaken Steve Jobs' hand, I've been the beneficiary of his genius throughout my career and am indebted to him.
(Design credit: Jonathan Mak)
I think the finest tributes were the 19 year old Hong Kong student's montage above that apparently went viral yesterday on Facebook and a full editorial page in Figaro that translated word-for-word his famous "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" 2005 commencement talk at Stanford.
Bye-bye Steve, we'll miss you.