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Steve Jobs: Keeping My Dreams Alive

For 35 years, he made me more creative and made boring things fun. What was his impact on your life?

I remember sitting in a diner in Atlanta reading the first-ever issue of MacWorld magazine, absolutely transfixed by their descriptions of Steve Jobs' new Mac.

As soon as it came out, I spent $3,000, a huge amount of money then, for a Mac with no hard drive and a dot matrix printer.

And I was transfixed.

I sent letters to friends using every one of the dozen-odd MacWrite fonts, embellished by my bizarre attempts at art, with every shape filled with a different MacPaint pattern.

Looking back, I should have been embarrassed, but instead I felt liberated—Jobs had created what would become the desktop publishing revolution that transformed magazine and newspaper publishing but also launched hundreds of thousands of niche magazines, and countless self-publishing careers.

He would go on to turn the music and video business upside down, and at his death he was upending magazines and book publishing as well.

On MSNBC.com, he's credited with making computing simple.
At Wired, he's touted for his technical achievements.
The L.A. Times praises his business acumen, eye for detail and showmanship.
The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg says he's "historic."

To me, it was more personal. In the 35 years since I first used Appleworks on an Apple II computer, his creations kept alive my dream that we're moving forward to a better world, where we use our brains and not our brawn to solve problems. He made me more creative, and he made boring things fun. I couldn't ask anything more of anyone.

Thank you, Steve Jobs.

What's your take? Did Steve Jobs have an impact on your life? Tell us how in the comments, below.

Michele Luciano October 07, 2011 at 05:08 AM
Thank You Steve for posting this. I think he was an amazing creator, inventor and a man with a passion who made things happen. There will never be another like him, as he has proven to be the Einstein of the technology world. He will be surely missed by many. Thank you Steve Jobs! For if it wasnt for you, my daughter wouldnt have the wonderful job opportunity she does with Apple Inc. God rest your soul.
Kathy Zucker October 07, 2011 at 02:24 PM
The first computer I ever owned was an Apple IIGS. It had no hard drive and used giant floppy disks, but it was mindbending to use at age 8. I grew up with computers; you could make the argument that I wouldn't be able to work from home without the education and technology boom that started in the 1980s. Thanks for sharing your story, Steve!
Redrider765 October 07, 2011 at 02:31 PM
My first was a Mac Plus and we bought a 20 MB hard drive that weighed a ton and cost more than many desktop computers cost now. It was a great machine that to this day I still wish I had.

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