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“Re: The Friends We Never Meet”

From: Mike In Response To: 6399  The Friends We Never Meet
Date Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 5:06:15 PM Replies: 0
   
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When I heard that he had died, I told your mother "Seth is going to have a hard time with this." We're sorry you've lost a "friend".
 
Dad 
 
 
 
 
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Date: 10/6/2011 8:54:25 AM
Subject: [tw] The Friends We Never Meet [Msg#6399]
 
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I have so many things I'd like to say about last night's news. So many people
with a more direct connection to Steve Jobs are saying their piece right now
that my saying anything at all feels a bit silly.
 
So be it. I'll keep this short.
 
My connection was nearly life long — 30+ years — but very indirect. I saw
him in person once, but never met him. My first mac was a 512 Ke in late 1985
or early 86, but I fell in love with the 128 when I saw it at a computer store
sometime in 1984. MacPaint was on the screen, and someone had drawn an
elephant.
 
For years I'd been programming in basic on a TI 99/4A, then on various
Commodores. Seeing my first mac was like... something from the future. Mind
boggling, even for an eleven year old.
 
Anyway, we all knew this day was coming. For most, since the the resignation
in August. For others, since the WWDC. That was mine. I'd been watching his
stick figure's shaky walking on the stage for at least an hour, saddened at
how thin (gaunt) he was…
 
Then came the moment that told me he was resigned and knew his end was coming.
He was talking about how much he loved the company he had built, and his voice
cracked, and his eyes got shiny, and he looked very old and frail and sad.
 
I've watched people — friends — die from cancer. It's horrible. And I saw
in his face that he knew, just like they knew.
 
There's so much more I'd like to say. Comparisons with exceptional people I
respect from history and how rarely and brightly their lights shine, so rarely
that we can name many of them even hundreds or thousands of years later. Or
the fleeting nature of life, and how important it is that we do our best with
what time and resources we have.
 
But mostly, since I learned in a text message from Corinne that "Steve Jobs
died", I've been thinking about friends we never meet. People we interact with
every day but in a very one-sided way, and how they can be important to us
without them ever knowing it.
 
And how it hurts to lose them, even if they were never really there.
 
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