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It has been a week since the death of Steve Jobs was announced. Last night my Grandpa, a former Apple employee, sent me the email below and since then I’ve been thinking about all the ways Apple has impacted my life. I remember holding the first edition of the iPod when my brother got one as a birthday gift and thinking, “this is cool, but I’ll probably never use it.” Now I’m obsessed with my iPod Touch and use it on a daily basis. In fact, it was the most reliable source for checking my email while I was out of the country. The MacBook was a great resource for my dad to keep in touch with our family while stationed in Iraq. Now I own that very same laptop and my dad still reminds me, “Brittany, this computer has been through a warzone and back, and it still works perfect!”

I remember thinking when the first iPhone came out, “this is cool, but I don’t need a phone this fancy.” Now I panic when my iPhone’s battery is about to run out and there’s no outlet in sight. I remember when my mom first got an iPad and thinking to myself, “this is cool, but it’s just a giant iPod touch.” Now, I am saving every last penny so I can buy one for myself.  They have become so mainstream you can’t go anywhere without seeing someone using one. And most importantly, Apple stocks paid for most of my college which in large part has gotten me to where I am today at HMA.

When Steve announced he was retiring from Apple a few months ago, I, like everyone else, saw my newsfeed explode with posts about Apple’s future. I started reading more and more about Steve. His story fascinated me. When I heard he had died, I was truly saddened. There are few significant events that can blow up news stream on Facebook and Twitter and his death was definitely one of them. Below is a Steve Jobs video my Grandpa shared with me. It’s been circulating all over the web ever since his death, but I still thought it was beneficial to see if you hadn’t already:

Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech at Stanford

On Oct 11, 2011, at 6:55 PM, Brittany Richardson wrote:

Cool video. Did you ever meet Steve Jobs when you worked at Apple?

Sent from my iPhone

Hi Brittany - He had left Apple a few months before I got there. Once he came back to Apple about ten years later he was much more mature and really interacted with people differently. I thought the video was something every young adult would profit from seeing.

Love - Grandpa

Sent from my iPod

Only Steve Jobs could get my 77-year-old Grandpa to send emails via his iPod.

Brittany Richardson
Brittany Richardson
A former HMA Public Relations employee.

4 Comments

  1. Stephanie Lough says:

    I’m getting an iPad today! Yes, I’m bragging, but I’m that excited! I think it really says something when your products, that truly are not necessities, become something your life depends on. I can’t wait to get the last piece to my Apple trifecta. I just hope his genius can live on and be seen in the Apple TV, which I have already started saving for.

  2. Great blog post! It’s crazy to think how much Steve Jobs and his Apple products have had an impact on our lives and the way we do business.

  3. Brittany Richardson says:

    Steph – I got the Apple TV a few months ago! It’s awesome!!!! Enjoy your iPad, you lucky girl!

    Kendra- You’re so right. Having internet access at almost all times has changed everything. I’m curious to see what’s next. My only complaint about Apple is that as soon as I get one of their products, a cooler version comes out 6 months later. My grandpa tells me, “You’re always going to be chasing technology. There’s nothing you can do about it.”

  4. And I remember when we thought a fax machine was way cool.

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