My Dad has always been a tech-head, an AV geek, a gadget guy -- whatever you want to call it. He was always bringing home the strangest things for us to try out - gigantic "personal video cameras", Betamax machines, VCRs, high-def projectors, cell phones, and so much more. Our house was filled with successes and failures that he loved to play with (and encouraged us to play with, too). From him I got my taste for experimentation -- a love for high-techerie of the domestic class. One day, my Dad brought home a suitcase and a box. Us kids stood around in the basement and watched him unpack them -- a computer, he said. Plug and play, he said. Apple, he said.
Today I have an iMac on my home desk, a Mac Mini at work, and a MacBook Pro for travel between the two. My iPhone keeps me connected everywhere I go. My kids have iPods. For her Bat Mitzvah, the only present my eldest daughter wanted was a MacBook, which everyone contributed to, and which she got in October of 2009.
It's safe to say I wouldn't be the creative, curious, fearless tech user I am today without Steve Jobs and his amazing vision for how computing ought to be.
Bless you and keep you, Steve Jobs. Know that you will always be remembered by the many young people you touched with your incredible inventions and visions. You will be missed.
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