In Memoriam Steve Jobs, including a story of mine

My friend Shawn King at Your Mac Life put together a collection of remiscences about Steve Jobs last week after the long-time Apple leader passed away following an eight-year fight with cancer. King pulled together stories from a variety of tech journalists, Apple beat writers, and Mac community contributors. To my surprise, Shawn invited me to participate and I gladly did. 

I never met Steve Jobs. I've never directly covered Apple, other than their big announcements and major products in recent years. Although I've used various Apple products off and on for over two decades, I've never really been a part of the Mac community. I never attended a MacWorld Expo. I never posted on a Mac message board. And yet, I was deeply moved by the passing of Steve Jobs as the end of an era -- and one that ended much sooner than it should have. 

On TechRepublic, I've already written about Jobs's dizzying array of accomplishments, especially over the last decade. On Monday, I'm going to publish my take on Steve's long-term legacy. However, for Shawn's piece, I shared a much more personal story. It's the story of my first encounter with a Mac and it came from my amazing high school journalism teacher, Norma Thiele. She was a nationally-recognized, award-winning teacher and a devout Mac advocate. She would argue with anyone who was interested in computing and artfully explain to them why Steve Jobs and Apple had it right and that the Macintosh -- and not IBM, Microsoft, and DOS -- was the future of computing. She firmly believed that pointing and clicking would make a lot more sense to the masses than memorizing key commands. 

You can listen to the whole story in King's podcast, which is available on the YML site and on iTunes. Again, you'll also find a lot of great stories from other tech journalists as part of the 46-minute program. You'll find my story at the 42:10 mark.