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You may have noticed: Steve Jobs retired as CEO of Apple yesterday. To many Apple fans, this is a true sea-change event. Steve Jobs built much of what we know and love as Apple today, and he certainly had his own way of doing it and his standout moments over the years.
He also, on a smaller scale, left big imprints on individuals as well. We heard from Google's Vic Gundotra with his favorite Steve Jobs moment, and pundits everywhere are lining up to tell about "this one time when Steve and I...".
Well, we also found a couple of fans who have some interesting moments to share as well.
David Cairns has a blog called Talk Dirty to Me, Paul Krugman, and he relays a neat moment from when he worked at Apple. Apparently, in the early part of his career there, he had a workspace that provided no view or natural light. One day, working late, he left to get some food and found the sun was out. He went wandering around the quad, face up, eyes closed, and smiling and enjoying the sunshine. When he turned back to his building, he saw the door was being held for him. By a smiling Steve Jobs, who had been watching him for several minutes.
Allen Paltrow, an undergraduate student at Princeton, has a blog called, well, Allen Paltrow. When he was twelve, he was a self-proclaimed huge "Apple fan-boy." Every year for Halloween he would dress as a Mac, and every OS launch he would shave the Apple logo into his hair. He sent a picture of his fresh haircut to Steve Jobs in an email and the next thing he knew he was being invited to the grand opening of Apple's Fifth Avenue Cube in New York City.
He got a standing ovation from Apple employees as he walked in, and then got to meet and chat with Steve.
Outside, he was getting so much attention that David Pogue came over to photograph his head. According to Allen, the entire experience was probably the "high point" of his childhood.
What about you, do you have any Steve Jobs experiences to share?