Thursday, March 3, 2011
Thumbs up for Steve Jobs
Jobs has not released the details of his illness, which is entirely his right. It’s safe to presume he is receiving the best medical care that money can buy. Wealth and prestige is no match for pancreatic cancer, however, which has a grim prognosis. He seemed ill at ease on that stage, which is unusual for him, and his usually expansive hand gestures and commanding body language were noticeably absent. I found myself watching him more than caring about the features of the iPad. Whether he likes it or not, he is as much the story of what happens at Apple as the gadgets his company makes. What a burden, but a burden he has so far carried with aplomb and guts.
By the way, Jobs delivered the commencement address at Stanford University in 2005 on "How to live before you die." He doesn't give up much of himself in that speech either, beyond his official biography, but he does acknowledge his mortality. That alone makes him almost unique among the titans of American industry.