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Steve Jobs Warned Obama He'd Have 'One-Term Presidency'

Eric Slomanson/Bloomberg News(NEW YORK) -- Steve Jobs reportedly warned President Obama that he was “headed for a one-term presidency,” according to Walter Isaacson’s new biography of the Apple CEO.

The warning came at a meeting last year, where Jobs told Obama that the White House needed to be more business friendly, citing China’s competitive advantage and the lagging education system in the U.S., according to the Huffington Post, which obtained a copy of Isaacson’s new book.

“You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” Jobs told the president, explaining the ease of building factories in China as opposed to the U.S. where “regulations and unnecessary costs” make it more difficult.

As for education, Jobs said the U.S. system was “crippled” by the unions. “Until the teachers’ unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform,” Jobs reportedly said. Instead he argued that teacher be evaluated based on merit and that schools stay open 11 months a year to better compete.

Jobs almost missed the meeting with Obama last fall, insisting that he receive a personal invitation from the president. The standoff reportedly lasted for five days until Jobs finally gave in and the two decided to met at the Westin at the San Francisco airport.

The Apple co-founder had also suggested that Obama meet with additional CEO’s, but was miffed when the White House added more names to the list and Jobs insisted that the event was growing too big, later saying “he had no intention of coming.” Jobs apparently also took issue with the menu, saying the shrimp, cod and lentil salad was “far too fancy.” He also objected to a chocolate truffle but backed down when the White House stressed the president’s fondness for the dessert.

After the meeting, Jobs reportedly told Isaacson that the president’s focus on the reasons things could not get done “infuriates” him. Despite being unimpressed by Obama, Jobs offered to help create political ads for the 2012 campaign, an offer he had also made in 2008. Jobs stayed in touch with the president and the two talked by phone a few more times.

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Private Memorial Service for Steve Jobs Slated for Sunday

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- A private memorial service for Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs will be held Sunday night at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has invited some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley as well as those close to Jobs, according to a copy of the invitation and several invitees.

Apple is planning to host an event for Apple employees to celebrate the life of Jobs, who died Oct. 5 after battling pancreatic cancer, at its company headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Oct. 19.

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Steve Jobs Died of Respiratory Arrest Amid Pancreatic Tumor

Mike Ehrmann/WireImage(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- As Apple announced a private employee celebration of Steve Jobs‘ life, California health officials disclosed what killed the tech legend.

“The immediate cause of death is respiratory arrest, and that’s brought on by a pancreatic tumor,” said Amy Cornell, a health information officer for Santa Clara County Public Health Department, citing Jobs’ death certificate.

Jobs, 56, died at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., at 3 p.m. on Oct. 5 after suffering from a metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor, Cornell said. His occupation is listed on the death certificate as “entrepreneur” in the high-tech business, with 36 years in the occupation.

He is buried at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, Cornell said, after a funeral held on Oct. 7.

The death certificate came out the same day Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that a “celebration” of Jobs’ life would take place at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 on the Apple corporate campus in Cupertino, Calif. It will be a private celebration for employees with no media present, according to Apple.

“Like many of you, I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime and shed many tears during the past week,” Cook wrote in a letter to employees. “But I’ve found some comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and condolences from people all over the world who were touched by Steve and his genius. And I’ve found comfort in both telling and listening to stories about Steve.

“Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place,” Cook added.

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Steve Jobs' Secret Personal Life

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Though he was one of the world's most famous CEOs, Steve Jobs kept his private world -- wife and family, illegitimate daughter, father who gave him up for adoption, long lost sister -- hidden from public view.

Since the founding of Apple Computer in 1976, fans and the media grasped for any hint at the personal life of the man in the black turtleneck, trying to piece together what they could of the reclusive innovator.

But Jobs was so successful at keeping the details of his life out of the celebrity pages that a Pew poll in June 2010 found that only 41 percent of Americans correctly identified Jobs as head of Apple.  A CBS poll that year concluded that 69 percent of Americans didn't know enough about Jobs to have an opinion about him.

In the wake of his death, stories about Jobs' private life once again became fodder for his fans, who wondered, in part, where Jobs' $6.7 billion fortune would land.

Jobs' most public display of a personal life included his wife, Laurene Powell, and their three children: Reed Paul, Erin Sienna, and Eve.  Powell and Jobs had been married for more than 20 years.  The two were married in a small Buddhist ceremony in Yosemite National Park in 1991, and lived in Woodside, Calif.

But prior to married life, Jobs had played the field.

In college, Jobs dated singer Joan Baez, according to Elizabeth Holmes, a friend and classmate.  In The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, Holmes tells biographer Alan Deutschman that Jobs broke up with his serious girlfriend to "begin an affair with the charismatic singer-activist."  Holmes confirmed these details to ABC News.

Deutschman's book also says Jobs went on a blind date with Diane Keaton; went out with Lisa Birnbach, author of The Preppy Handbook; and hand delivered computers to celebrities he admired.

He also had a less well-known family life.  He has a daughter, Lisa Brennan Jobs, born in 1978 with his high school girlfriend, Chris Ann Brennan.

Fortune magazine reported that Jobs denied paternity of Lisa for years, at one point swearing in a court document that he was infertile and could not have children.  According to the report, Chris Ann Brennan collected welfare for a time to support the child, until Jobs later acknowledged Lisa as his daughter.

Jobs' reluctance to accept Lisa is ironic since he was given up for adoption as a child and has refused to speak to his biological father, despite the father's efforts to contact Jobs.

Abdulfattah "John" Jandali, a Syrian man who fathered Jobs, had emailed his son a few times in a tentative effort to make contact.  The father never called the son because he feared Jobs would think the dad who had given him up was now after his fortune.  And Jobs never responded to his father's emails.

Jandali had been quoted by the New York Post recently saying he didn't know until just a few years ago that the baby he and his ex-wife, Joanne Simpson, gave up grew to be Apple's CEO.

Jandali told the Post that had it been his choice, he would have kept the baby.  But Simpson's father did not approve of her marrying a Syrian, so she moved to San Francisco to have the baby alone and give him up for adoption.

Jobs also had a biological sister with whom he became close in later years.  Mona Simpson, the acclaimed writer of books like Anywhere But Here, offered Jobs information on his birth parents and wrote a book based on their relationship entitled A Regular Guy.

Though Simpson had a relationship with their 80-year-old biological father, Jobs rebuffed him to the end.

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Westboro Church Announces Steve Jobs Funeral Protest, Uses iPhone

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(TOPEKA, Kan.) -- The Westboro Baptist Church took to an iPhone when they heard about Steve Jobs’ death Wednesday night, sending out a message saying the Apple founder would be going to hell and calling for a protest of his funeral.

“Westboro will picket his funeral. He had a huge platform; gave God no glory and taught sin,” wrote Margie Phelps, daughter of the church’s founder.

The controversial group often pickets outside of soldiers’ funerals to draw media attention to their cause, often brandishing posters with anti-gay messages. Phelps tweeted the messages from her account, with an automatic note appearing at the bottom of the Tweet saying “via Twitter for iPhone.”

“No peace for man who served self, not God,” she wrote with the hashtag, #hellgreetedhim. “Westboro must picket.”

Thursday morning, Phelps responded to widespread criticism of her using the iPhone to Tweet the messages, saying that the phone was created by God -- not Jobs -- for that purpose.

“Rebels mad cuz I used iPhone to tell you Steve Jobs is in hell.God created iPhone for that purpose! :)” she wrote.

Arrangements for Jobs’ funeral haven’t been announced.

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Steve Jobs' Estranged Father Never Got Phone Call He Waited For

Tom Munnecke/Getty Images(RENO, Nev) -- Steve Jobs' estranged father, who had given up his infant son for adoption, had been hoping that someday his grown son would call him. That hope died Wednesday.

Abdulfattah John Jandali had emailed his son a few times in a tentative effort to make contact. The father never called the son because he feared Jobs would think the dad who had given him up was now after his fortune.

Jobs never responded to his father's emails.

"I really don't have anything to say," Jandali, vice president at Boomtown Hotel Casino in Reno, Nev., told the International Business Times.

Jandali, a Syrian immigrant, had been quoted by the New York Post recently saying he didn't know until just a few years ago that the baby he and his ex-wife, Joanne Simpson, gave up grew to be Apple's visonary CEO.

Jandali told the Post that had it been his choice, he would have kept the baby. But Simpson's father did not approve of her marrying a Syrian, so she moved to San Francisco to have the baby alone and give him up for adoption.

Jandali, who is 80, said at the time that he would have been happy to just have a cup of coffee with the son he never knew before it was too late. Stories of Jobs' battle with a form of pancreatic cancer and his liver transplant were public and Jobs' health had deteriorated to the point where he was forced to resign as CEO of Apple.

He was quoted as saying, "This might sound strange, though, but I am not prepared, even if either of us was on our deathbeds, to pick up the phone to call him."

Though he was one of the world's most famous CEOs, Steve Jobs has remained stubbornly private about his personal life, ignoring the media and the public's thirst for knowledge about him ever since he co-founded Apple Computer in 1976.

He was so successful at keeping the details of his life out of the celebrity pages that a Pew poll in June 2010 found that only 41 percent of Americans correctly identified Jobs as head of Apple. A CBS poll that year concluded that 69 percent of Americans didn't know enough about Jobs to have an opinion about him.

Jobs personal life was a story of extremes. Given up for adoption, he created a worldwide giant of a company in his garage, dated movie stars, and had a child out of wedlock whom he denied for many years.

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Steve Jobs Dead at 56

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died in California. Jobs was 56.

Steve Jobs’ family Wednesday made the following statement regarding his death:

"Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief."

In the world of high technology, Steve Jobs was a rock star. In his trademark black turtle neck and blue jeans he made computers and gadgets cool and easy to use.

He was the driving force behind the iPhone, iPod and iTunes, changing the way we buy and listen to music and watch video. Jobs was obsessed with the look of the products and demanded they be sleek, stylish and a step or three ahead of the competition.

"There's an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. I skate where the puck is going to be not where it's been. And we've always tried to do that at Apple," Jobs once said.

A college drop out, Jobs famously launched Apple Computer in 1976 in his parent's garage with his partner Steve Wozniak. In no time, the duo was churning out computers and challenging the concept of what a computer should be.

The Macintosh was billed as the first user friendly computer and helped make Jobs a millionaire by the age of 25.

Still he was forced out of his own company, driving him to start Next computer and buy what would become Pixar animation.

In the 90's Jobs returned to Apple, which had languished in his absence. He quickly turned it around by continuing his pursuit of what he called "insanely great products."
By then, Jobs had become synonymous with Apple, so in 2008 the stock tumbled when the cancer survivor appeared gaunt. He took a medical leave of absence while undergoing a liver transplant. But he returned armed with fresh inspiration and the iPad, which quickly became the must-have gadget of 2010.
However, in August 2011, Jobs announced his resignation.
In a letter to Apple's Board of Directors, Steve Jobs wrote:

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately that day has come."
Even in better times Jobs was often criticized for his temper and ego -- but no-one ever doubted his passion to make products that would change the world.

In an email Wednesday, Apple executive and successor to Steve Jobs, Tim Cook informed Apple employees of Jobs' passing:


I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.


Steve Jobs once said, "I want to put a ding in the universe."

No question, he did.

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Steve Jobs Fan at Apple Store: ‘I Had to…Come Here to Honor Him’

ABC News Radio(NEW YORK) -- Inside an Apple store on 59th Street in New York City, it was business as usual Wednesday night -- even after the death of Apple’s founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs.

Two of the resident “geniuses” were busy explaining the new processor in the iPhone 4S to a rapt customer. They said they were not allowed to comment on Jobs’ passing -- nor, for that matter, would any of their colleagues or a manager. They would not even comment on whether or not they were not allowed to comment.

A security guard said security was told to pick up any flowers and remove anything like a shrine.

But Apple fans at the store had plenty to say.

One man started bawling, iPad in arms, when asked how he felt about Jobs’ death.

Jessica Mellow, 26, of New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, said she and a friend have been taking turns sitting in line in front of the store for nine days awaiting the new iPhone. The two still had nine more to go.

“When I’m in an Apple store, it feels like being with family,” she said. “And I think that goes back to him [Jobs]. He created THIS. The people here want to help you and that says a lot about him.”

Of Jobs’ death from unspecified causes, she said of the man who has battled a type of pancreatic cancer: “It just shows no matter rich or poor, male or female, cancer doesn’t discriminate.”

David Del Toro, 37, of Miami, said he was at the store because “I felt that I had to do something, to come here, to honor him.”


“For all he did, his inventions, the way he changed technology and communications," Del Toro said. “I felt I was obligated, in a way, just to say, 'Thank you.’”

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Steve Jobs Spoke of Death in 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech

Matthew Staver/Bloomberg News/Getty(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Shortly after the news of Steve Jobs’ death spread around the world via Twitter, Facebook and other social media, so did his 2005 Stanford commencement speech.

Why? Because in his speech, Jobs took a somber moment to talk about his impending death and the importance of living life to the fullest.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” Jobs said that day.

“No one wants to die,” he added. "Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share.”

“Your time is limited,” Jobs added. ”So don’t waste it living someone else’s life....Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

Read the full text of Steve Jobs’ commencement address delivered at Stanford University on June 12, 2005:

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today, I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first six months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned Coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents' garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960′s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors and Polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.

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