By Christopher M.
On March 24, 2001, I was at the Apple Campus for a developer class. Why is that date significant? It was the release of OS X 10.0 Cheetah. Being true Mac zealots, my friend and I drafted off an employee through the secure doors into the employee only cafeteria for lunch.
To our surprise, Steve Jobs came in and stood on top of a table next to me to casually address the employees. He was 5 feet from me as he held up a preview copy of the Wall Street Journal announcing the new operating system.
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He read a review from Walt Mossberg gushing over the new OS. Steve thanked all the employees for their hard work and proclaimed that this was going to save the company. Just a few months earlier, rumors swirled that Sun was going to buy Apple. This was before the iPod was released later that year.
The most touching moment was when he stepped down from the table. Steve had a well deserved brash reputation. Most employees were scared to talk to him. But two older ladies, who obviously had been working at Apple for years, came up and thanked him for coming back and saving the company. He smiled and gave them a hug.
I’ll miss Steve Jobs. We don’t have long on this earth, we may never change the world as much as he has. But we can honor him by being the crazy ones. The ones who believe that they can change the world.