Amidst global mourning for Steve Jobs, Calfornia governor has declared October 16 as ‘Steve Jobs day’ in the southern US state. In his life and work, Steve Jobs embodied the California dream,” said Jerry Brown, governor, California, in a statement.
“To call him influential would be an understatement… His innovations transformed an industry, and the products he conceived and shepherded to market have changed the way the entire world communicates,” said Brown in his proclamation. Jobs was a “uniquely Californian visionary. He epitomised the spirit of a state that an eager world watches to see what will come next,” he added.
Apple is holding a memorial service for Steve Jobs on Sunday at Stanford University. Invitations have gone out to Silicon Valley luminaries and other people close to Jobs, The Wall Street Journal reported. Apple said the evening event is private and that even press would not be permitted unless they were on the guest list.
Apple employees are invited to attend a memorial event Wednesday at the company’s Cupertino, Calif. Headquarters, announced Apple’s current CEO Tim Cook. “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” he told Apple employees in an email.
He continued: “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple,””If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Steve Jobs, the visionary, died on October 5 at the age of 56 after a years-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Family attended a private funeral Oct. 7 when Jobs was buried at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, Calif.
When Jobs resigned from his position as Apple’s CEO, he held a 97% approval rate. It comes as no surprise that Jobs left the company thriving stronger than ever.
Jobs’ legacy continued to resonate across the globe Friday in commercial terms as well as tributes. Apple shares closed at a record high as the company put its latest device, the iPhone 4S, on sale at retail stores in the US and six other countries.
In the week following his death, Jobs’ fans have expressed their condolences and memories of the Apple founder. Storefronts have been covered in post-it notes written by long-time Apple supporters.
Fans of Steve Jobs at Studio.com started a website www.stevejobsday2011.com where fans can tweet, comment, and post pictures of themselves in Jobs’ signature black turtleneck, jeans, tennis shoes, and glasses
“We admire his work. We’ve embraced his vision. And we love what he’s brought to the world. Let’s take a day to celebrate the life and work of Steve Jobs and say thank you,” the website states.
The Discovery Channel will also air a documentary, “iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World,” including interview with people impact by Jobs. The hour long special will air Sunday at 8PM E/P.
“Someone once said that to follow the path that others have laid before you is a very reasonable course of action, therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men,” Adam Savage of Mythbusters said.
“Steve Jobs was an unreasonable man. He didn’t simply give the public what they wanted, he defined entirely new ways of thinking about our lives in the digital space: productivity, creativity, music, communication, media and art. He has touched, directly and indirectly, all of our lives.” [ via Fox News]