The flags standing at 1 Infinite Loop are flying at half mast.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has passed away at the age of 56 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.  (Apple.com)

Mr. Jobs had a huge impact on my life as a youngster.  In the late 80’s my dad, a teacher, purchased his first computer.  That computer was amazing.

  • It cost my dad the equivalent of a new car to bring home his new toy.
  • Our favorite game on this computer was a toss up between Castle Wolfenstein and that game where the snake ate the apples.  High end stuff to be played on that little green screen.
  • That computer was the state of the art Apple IIc.

When the news of the passing of Steve Jobs flooded my computer screen I could not help but think of all the cool stuff he helped bring into our world.  I don’t care if you are a PC guy or a dedicated Apple user, no one can deny the impact he had.

My family felt it and I know that yours did too.

Here are 7 facts that you need to know about Steve Jobs

1.  Steve Jobs started Apple Computer with friend Steve Wozniak in 1976. That partnership soon introduced the Apple 1 computer.

2.  Despite success with Apple, Jobs’ relationship with top management and the board soured.  In 1985 he parted ways with the company he helped start.

3.  In 1986, Jobs bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm’s computer graphics division for the price of $10 million.  Ever heard of  Toy Story (1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008),Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010)?  Thanks Mr. Jobs.

4.  Apple floundered after it’s separation with Jobs.  In 1997 the differences were patched up and he was back in the fold.  By 2000 he was given the title of CEO at Apple.

5.  Even though Jobs was part of many great ideas and inovations, it was the iPhone in 2007 that will secure his legacy forever.

6.  Forbes estimates Jobs’ net worth at $6.1 billion in 2010, placing him in 42nd place on the list of America’s richest.

7.  In August 2011, Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple, but remained at the company as chairman of the company’s board.

Steve Jobs will be missed but certainly not forgotten.  He lives on though his handy-work we see all around us.

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