Rest in peace Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

0 Comments 12 December 2011

By Hussein Mackie
Unis Middle School

It all started as an idea in a garage. The countless days and nights he spent working on this, matching wire to wire and piece by piece. Wiping the sweat off his forehead, he kept going, determined to make his idea into a reality. Steve Jobs was in his garage creating the Apple Computer.

Steve Jobs holds MacBook Air

Steve Jobs with MacBook Air/Photo by Matthew Yohe, licensed under Creative Commons

Born Feb. 24, 1955, Steve Jobs was given up for adoption by two University of Wisconsin graduates. His father, Abdul Fattah Jandali, was a Syrian political science professor. His mother, Joanne Simpson, was a speech therapist. After he was adopted, his biological parents had another baby who they named Mona Simpson.  For 27 years, Jobs was not aware that he had a  biological sister.

Steve Jobs was adopted as an infant by Paul Jobs, and Clara Jobs.

The iPod changed the way we listen to music./Photo by Chris Harrison, licensed under Creative Commons

Steve Jobs started working on electronics in the family’s garage. He would take things apart and put them back together. In elementary school, Jobs was a prankster. He graded so high the school wanted to skip him ahead to high school, but his parents declined.

He attended Reed College in Portland, Ore. Jobs stayed in the college for six months, but then dropped out. For the next 18 months he took classes he thought were creative.

In 1976, Jobs and Steve Wozniak started the Apple computer franchise. They originated the franchise in the garage. To start creating  computers, Jobs and Wozniak had to find money. Jobs sold his Volkswagen, and Wozniak sold his scientific calculator.

Their first model, the Apple I, sold for $666.66 each. It earned Jobs and Wozniak a profit of $774,000. Apple II, the second model, earned both men $139 million within three years of the release date.

Steve Jobs changed technology as we know it. Without him, we wouldn’t have the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and the Macbook. His spirit is still alive in the heart of the Apple Industry.

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