A better known figure (like the Pope, Michael Jackson, Elvis or some world leader or another) might be worthy of its own thread, but every C-class actor isn't, especially with people dying 'round the world every day.
I think its fair to say Steve Jobs in of that ilk.
Rest In Peace, Steve. You certainly left your mark in this world.
He was a genius by many accounts.
In 1986, he acquired the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd which was spun off as Pixar Animation Studios. He remained CEO and majority shareholder at 50.1 percent until its acquisition by The Walt Disney Company in 2006. Consequently Jobs became Disney's largest individual shareholder at 7 percent and a member of Disney's Board of Directors.
Indeed. There are 5 men/women still living that get their own thread here when they die, outside the lucasfilm canon. We discuss it in detail and often when we're not here policing the boards. Finn won the death pool with this one, called it to the day. I owe him two smurf dressed Austrailian women, a case of 7.62 FMJ, 4 bottles of potato vodka fermented in the carcass of a dead chicken, and 1 offical egg from the temple of doom. I hear they brozed it.
That being said, R.I.P. Steve, if there is such a thing. We'll never know, you filled the world with sound. Thanks.
I owe him two smurf dressed Austrailian women, a case of 7.62 FMJ, 4 bottles of potato vodka fermented in the carcass of a dead chicken, and 1 offical egg from the temple of doom. I hear they brozed it.
That's either one hell of an epitaph, or the makings of a newsworthy party in Finland.
Steve Jobs had a vision. He believed in something that no one could see, and he followed that path wherever it led him, against all odds and against all doubters. Along the way he had real hurdles to overcome and real drama. He took his vision and built it into a company, but the people running the company couldn’t see it. His own board didn’t understand what he was doing. That’s when the evil emperor thwarted him, you might say, and threw him into the dungeon.
At NeXT, Steve was in a sort of purgatory. I don’t think NeXT was his primary vision—it was just what he could do at the time. He bought Pixar from me around then, too, but I think Pixar was just something that fascinated him—not something that drove him. Eventually the drought and famine and locusts descended upon Apple and they called him back.
That’s when his story really became the hero’s journey. He returned and reinstituted his vision. People were still confused and amazed and didn’t really understand what he wanted to do. But a lot of the doubters were gone, and he created an army—one that was loyal to him, that believed in him. These were the people who actually did the amazing work. Steve was taking people where they had never gone before, and all he could say was “Trust me.”
That kind of leadership—leadership with a vision that is bigger than any organization or any individual—doesn’t happen all the time. But heroes and the stories about heroes center on this, a person with a vision of a different life, of other possibilities, of boldly going where no one has gone before, to quote another franchise.