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Jobs remembered for 'shaking it up'

Gregg Keizer | Oct. 7, 2011
News that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs had died staggered long-time technologists of all stripes, giving them pause and a chance to remember their passion for an industry that grew out of a garage -- one very specific garage.

McCracken, who bought his first personal computer in 1978 -- not an Apple II, but a Radio Shack TRS-80 -- recounted his favorite Jobs memory: Jobs, who had left Apple to found NeXT Computer, was demonstrating the new machine to the Boston Computer Society in the mid-80s.

"It was his demo of the NeXT on the East Coast," remembered McCracken. "It was him alone on stage, demoing the NeXT, and at the end someone played classical music, just as Apple events now end with music.

"He just blew me away," McCracken said. "By the time I walked out, I was smitten."

"Like a lot of our generation," said Gottheil, 61, "we were perhaps unjustifiably optimistic. And he was too. He just never gave up."

Apple has made available an email address -- -- that people can use to leave thoughts, memories and condolences.


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