Friday, July 08, 2005

The Man Behind Apple

When visiting the SNOPES Urban Legand page, you are usually going to disprove a story sent to you via email. Today, I was sent the Snopes column in a personal email group. After having read the story about Steve Jobs calling the father of the slain teen, I quickly picked up on his name in this story, so I clicked on the link.

Go read 'The Jobs Report', and you will be amazed at what this man has accomplished throughout his life. He started Apple with Steve Wozniak in his parents garage, got fired (YES), then came back when a company he created, called NeXT, was purchased by Apple.

Mr. Jobs was giving a speech to the June 2005 graduating class of Stanford University, although he had never graduated from college; in fact, he only went for 6 months. Oh, he did drop out, but 'hung around' for months in order to take classes that he wanted to take, but wouldn't be required ones, had he stayed in college. This is how he got his start.

But, a year ago, he was diagnosed with an incurable pancreas cancer, and given 3 to 6 months to live. He had a biopsy that night, and the doctor found, after viewing the cells under a microscope that it was a very rare form of pancreatic cancer which was curable by surgery. He told the graduating class that their time was limited, and not to try living someone else's life.