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Old 01-11-11   #1
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A Sister's Eulogy (Steve Job)


I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us. Later, after Id met my father, I tried to believe hed changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was an idealistic revolutionary, plotting a new world for the Arab people. Even as a feminist, my whole life Id been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, Id thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.

By then, I lived in New York, where I was trying to write my first novel. I had a job at a small magazine in an office the size of a closet, with three other aspiring writers. When one day a lawyer called me me, the middle-class girl from California who hassled the boss to buy us health insurance and said his client was rich and famous and was my long-lost brother, the young editors went wild. This was 1985 and we worked at a cutting-edge literary magazine, but Id fallen into the plot of a Dickens novel and really, we all loved those best. The lawyer refused to tell me my brothers name and my colleagues started a betting pool. The leading candidate: John Travolta. I secretly hoped for a literary descendant of Henry James someone more talented than I, someone brilliant without even trying.

When I met Steve, he was a guy my age in jeans, Arab- or Jewish-looking and handsomer than Omar Sharif.

We took a long walk something, it happened, that we both liked to do. I dont remember much of what we said that first day, only that he felt like someone Id pick to be a friend. He explained that he worked in computers.

I didnt know much about computers. I still worked on a manual Olivetti typewriter.

I told Steve Id recently considered my first purchase of a computer: something called the Cromemco.

Steve told me it was a good thing Id waited. He said he was making something that was going to be insanely beautiful.

I want to tell you a few things I learned from Steve, during three distinct periods, over the 27 years I knew him. Theyre not periods of years, but of states of being. His full life. His illness. His dying.

Steve worked at what he loved. He worked really hard. Every day.

Thats incredibly simple, but true.

He was the opposite of absent-minded.

Read must, read the whole thing
.... http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/op...2&pagewanted=1
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That was quite an emotional read,
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