Apple Inc.'s visionary and a tech titan, Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56, on Oct 5, 2011, probably without ever revealing his deep-seated and hidden desires to anyone. A composed and reticent man, as he was all his life, Jobs never shared his feelings and emotions with anyone, except for his biological sister Mona Simpson, a novelist.
The archetypical compassionate sister, Simpson waited her whole life for a man she could love and who would love her in return. She finally found that love from a brother she only met for the first time when she was 25.
I'd thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother, she said.
Jobs was a rare individual who was willing to be misunderstood and always aspired to make beautiful later. There is a lot about this young and successful millionaire that was completely unknown to the world. Simpson revealed a few of those hidden facts and truths, in a eulogy she delivered at the memorial service held on Oct. 16, at a church on Stanford University's campus.
Our last words are as difficult as getting the first word and certainly Jobs' dying words were as enigmatic and deep as his life. Describing her brother and his death in the eulogy published in the New York Times, Simpson said that Jobs' final words were monosyllables - Oh Wow Oh Wow Oh Wow - repeated thrice.
Before embarking, he looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life's partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them, before saying his final words, said Jobs' sister.
Simpson is commonly believed to be the only person with whom Jobs would share details of his life, his grievances and his achievements. The co-founder of Apple Inc. and his sister were unknown to each other, until an attorney notified them of their blood relation in 1985, when Simpson was working as a writer in a small magazine. Although they were introduced to each other quite late in their lives, they soon became the closest of friends. Simpson knew just how incredibly simple, hardworking, generous, loyal and loving a person Jobs was. However, for all his wonderful traits, Jobs was also a very wary human being.
After our first meeting he felt like someone I'd pick to be a friend, remarked Simpson. She was also probably the only individual who knew how Steve was like a girl in the amount of time he spent talking about love.
Love was his supreme virtue, his god of gods. He tracked and worried about the romantic lives of the people working with him, said Simpson. She also said she remembered Jobs telling her: There's this beautiful woman and she's really smart and she has this dog and I'm going to marry her on the telephone, on the day he met Laurene, his wife. He was abidingly in love with both his wife and children and he even fretted over Lisa's boyfriends and Erin's travel and skirt lengths and Eve's safety around the horses she adored.
He enjoyed his success a lot, just minus a few zeros, said Simpson, who was also the sole witness (with the exception of Laurene) of Jobs' depressing state and more miserable moments, particularly when he was fired from Apple, the company he helped create.
When he got kicked out of Apple, things were painful. He told me about a dinner at which 500 Silicon Valley leaders met the then-sitting president. Steve hadn't been invited, Simpson said, recalling conversations with her brother, He was hurt but he still went to work at Next. Every single day. Steve was never ironic, never cynical, never pessimistic. I try to learn from that, still.
Jobs' most desperate unfulfilled desire was to find his sister a good man, admitted Simpson. She said he'd often ask men (that he thought a woman might find dashing), Hey are you single? Do you wanna come to dinner with my sister? What that does show is how determined a man Jobs was; he never gave up in life.
I remember my brother learning to walk again, with a chair after his liver transplant, said Simpson, talking at the memorial. She recalled Laurene getting down on her knees and motivating him to get up, saying, You can do this, Steve, and He (Steve) tried. He always, always tried, and always with love at the core of that effort. He was an intensely emotional man, Simpson added.
It came as no surprise when Simpson said Jobs was a workaholic.
He sketched devices to hold an iPad in a hospital bed. He designed new fluid monitors and x-ray equipment, shared Simpson, as she spoke about what made him a great tech visionary and the man behind Apple's revolutionary products.
Steven Paul Jobs had an indication that his final few moments were upon him, when he called his sister to him in a hurry and then apologized for not being there with them. She said he called her up the day before he died, just to say: hurry up to Palo Alto and that he was sorry, truly deeply sorry, to be leaving us.
I'm telling you now because I'm afraid you won't make it on time, honey, said Jobs to Simpson.
As Simpson put it, death didn't happen to Steve, he achieved it, he seemed to be climbing... his breath indicated an arduous journey, some steep path, altitude.
With his four children, with his wife, with all of us, Steve had a lot of fun, beamed Simpson.
Oh Wow Oh Wow Oh Wow.