Steve Jobs Died Yesterday

I'm sure you know this already. I'm also reasonably sure that once you read that headline, you have probably gone on to other things. And that's OK. You are likely a much wiser and more well adjusted person than I am.

I missed all of the initial hubbub when Steve died. I was sitting in a hotel in New Haven, Connecticut when I was told, "Steve Jobs died."

My response was, "Really?"

"Yeah. It's on TV. Every channel."

I was sad. Not depressed or distraught. Just sad. And I could not for the life of me understand why.

I missed the news at the time because I had been reading a book on my iPad while my iPhone was charging after having used it all day for communication, navigation, information and entertainment purposes. The MacBook Pro was dutifully accepting the photos that I had taken during the day.

Oh. Yeah.

So just like the millions of others in the "Cult of Mac", maybe I was sad because we lost our leader.

No. I don't think that's it really.

I've read many things this morning about how Steve is the da Vinci or the Edison of our time. I understand and don't completely disagree. But I wonder if it's more than that.

Were any of the people that made such an impact recognized during their lifetimes as having such an impact? Or recognized so globally? So immediately?

I don't know. I haven't done the research. But this feels like a new thing. Like Steve was the first "giant of innovation" in our time to move on.

Maybe that explains the sadness.

It's also not about how "my CEO could beat up your CEO" or "my 'tech hero' is bigger than your 'tech hero'." People who don't care a thing about business or technology are talking about the news.

Whether you're sad or not. Whether you know why you feel the way you do or not. The fact remains. Steve Jobs died yesterday. And today the world knows it.