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Steve Jobs Leaves a Mark on a 27-Year Old MBA Student, in Addition to Millions of Others
By Jason Stokar
This past Wednesday - October 5th, 2011 - the tech community lost one of its forefathers: Steven Paul Jobs. As I sit and write this blog entry on my MacBook Pro while listening to the new Feist album on iTunes, I can’t help but think about how Apple has shaped my life ever since I was a young child. Steve Jobs had a remarkable career, unquestionably, and many wonderful articles have taken us through his most pivotal moments.
In this post, however, I wanted to give a more personal perspective of Apple’s role in my life:
Late 1980’s - Early 1990’s: I sit in my basement for hours on my family’s Apple II GS playing Arkanoid, The Three Stooges and Marble Madness. I have no problem knocking out the first 4 mazes in Marble Madness, and can get through the fifth with some difficulty, but can’t seem to finish the sixth level. It was my first experience with video games and I thought, as a young child, that this was the sole purpose for a computer.
Early 2000’s: I arrive at NYU as an 18-year old Film student and purchase a PowerMac G3 desktop so I can get optimal use of FinalCut Pro. It’s my first ever personal computer, and the aesthetics are amazing. My life revolves around this machine. It is like a child to me.
2004: After carrying a cd-wallet and discman to and from class for almost 2 years, I buy my first iPod - 20GB, third generation. I fall in love. It seems like it was invented for me. I quickly get all my music on the ipod (which I named “turtle” after an Alana Davis song) and use it to run across the Brooklyn Bridge at night. My life from this point was never the same. I have owned about 10 ipods (classics, touch, shuffles, mini) since 2004.
2010: I enter Stern as an MBA student. I know that most students have a PC but I am stubborn and keep my Mac, thus blocking my access to the Citrix system and programs like MiniTab. I don’t care. I love my Mac. I love how user-friendly it is. I love how beautiful the graphics are on the display. I love how music/art focused it is. I love the smell of the Apple store.
I am a Mac.
RIP Steve Jobs. You are legend.
Jason Stokar has been in New York City for over 9 years and holds a Bachelors of Music from New York University. He loves dogs, particularly his adopted mutt, Stella a/k/a Belle Peppers a/k/a Flops Monroe. He was a Director in the licensing department of EMI Music Group prior to coming to Stern.