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Ode to a Brilliant Boomer

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Everyone’s talking tonight about the passing of Steve Jobs.  At 56, he was one of us, our generation’s one-of-a-kind genius.

He grew up like us, watching “The Jetsons” and “Star Trek.”  And like us, he believed in hard work.

As young people, we all vowed to changed the world.  Steve Jobs really did.

Teaming technology and liberal arts, he single-handedly created desktop publishing.  We bought personal computers for our homes.  Soon, our kids preferred them to toys.  Schools quickly adopted Apple computers because they made learning accessible and fun.  We loved Pixar movies like “Toy Story.”

Boomers love music, so it was only natural that Steve Jobs create something beyond the 8-track, cassette and CD–the iPod.  And the iPhone and iPad brought us hand-held video and communications.  When we were born, TV was black and white and many people still had party line telephones.

As an editor, I marveled at his contributions to graphic arts and typography that revolutionized publications.  Powered by his imagination and drive, he achieved amazing success with his life-changing innovations.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition,” Steve Jobs advised Stanford graduates in a commencement address in 2005.  Yes, he did, and our lives are so much richer for that.


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