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Steve Jobs as his neighbors see him

September 1, 2011: 6:13 AM ET

A glimpse into his private life from a writer who lives down the street

Palo Alto home. Image:

Here's portrait of Apple's (AAPL) famous CEO that I suspect is unlike any you've read over the past week.

It was posted Monday by his Palo Alto neighbor, Lisen Stromberg, on AOL's Patch and on her personal blog.

Her kicker:

While Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal and CNET continue to drone on about the impact of the Steve Jobs era,  I won't be pondering the MacBook Air I write on or the iPhone I talk on. I will think of the day I saw him at his son's high school graduation. There Steve stood, tears streaming down his cheeks, his smile wide and proud, as his son received his diploma and walked on into his own bright future leaving behind a good man and a good father who can be sure of the rightness of this, perhaps his most important legacy of all.

It's lovely piece of writing, and I'm glad to have read it. But I also hope we don't see too much more of this kind of thing.

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Philip Elmer-Dewitt
Philip Elmer-DeWitt
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for

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