A few gems among the flood of tributes
If you have time for only one story about the life and death of Steve Jobs, read Steve Levy's 5,000-word tribute in Wired.com.
Levy, who covered Apple (AAPL) for MacWorld and Newsweek for most of his long career, has mined his notebooks of three decades of quotes and anecdotes and insights into what made Jobs tick. He writes:
If Jobs were not so talented, if he were not so visionary, if he were not so canny in determining where others had failed in producing great products and what was necessary to succeed, his pushiness and imperiousness would have made him a figure of mockery.
But Steve Jobs was that talented, visionary and determined. He combined an innate understanding of technology with an almost supernatural sense of what customers would respond to. His conviction that design should be central to his products not only produced successes in the marketplace but elevated design in general, not just in consumer electronics but everything that aspires to the high end.
Below: A few gems from other notable remembrances:
A New York Times op-ed piece strains to make a connection
It's true that John Markoff's What the Dormouse Said (Penguin, 2005) quotes Steve Jobs as saying that taking LSD was "one of the two or three most important things he has done in his life."
And it's true that Augustus Owsley Stanley III, who died in a car accident last Sunday in Australia at age 76, manufactured and sold more than MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 19, 2011 6:40 AM ET
Joe Nocera buried his lead.
The New York Times columnist -- and former Fortune editor -- waited until the end of Saturday's 1,700-word "Talking Business" column about the health of Apple's CEO and the secrecy that surrounds it to reveal that on Thursday afternoon, several hours after he'd gotten his final "Steve's health is a private matter" from Apple's public relations machine, he got a call from Steve Jobs himself.
"This is MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 26, 2008 7:21 AM ET
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