American Icon dies, but leaves a legacy

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Kris Ipock
The Broadside

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc. has died. He died peacefully, surrounded by family members, his family said in a statement. In recent years, Jobs had fought a form of pancreatic cancer and received a liver transplant.

The highlights of Jobs’s career trajectory are well known. A prodigy who dropped out of Reed College in Oregon, he started Apple with Steve Wozniak in his parents’ garage at 21. He was a multimillionaire by 25, appeared on the cover of Time magazine at 26 and was ousted from Apple at age 30, in 1985.

In the years that followed, he went into other businesses, founded NeXT computers, and in 1986 bought the computer graphics arm of Lucasfilm, Ltd., which became Pixar Animation Studios and transformed the cartoon world with such films as “Toy Story.”

In the same way that Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and Henry Ford forever changed their respective fields, Steve Jobs revolutionized the computer industry.

And of course, Jobs had his own perspective on life and death.

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

You can contact Kris Ipock at KIpock@cocc.edu.

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