As the presentation drew to a close, it wasn’t his own words that Steve left the crowd with. Like Jimi Hendrix playing the national anthem at Woodstock or The Beatles covering “Twist and Shout,” Jobs took a Wayne Gretzky quote and made it his own: “‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will.”
And with that the house lights rose and Jobs left the stage. We’ll never know what he did after the curtain closed behind him, but I imagine he stole a brief moment alone to reflect on what had just happened, meditating on his time at and away from Apple, and taking one last look at a world that was about to be changed forever.
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