I was getting ready for work when my 11-year-old son came into the room and said, “Mom, breaking news. Steve Jobs died.”

My son knew that this was big news for me, not just as a new media journalist, but personally as well. He knew I love Apple products, and I greatly admire the passion, innovation and creative genius of Steve Jobs.

I went online and Google greeted me with “Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011″ underneath the search box (a class act! – thank you, Google).

This linked to Apple’s website where Steve Jobs’s photo, in his famous black turtleneck, was shown. I felt a tug at my heart, and it sank in that this great man is gone.

Clicking the image showed additional text:

“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.”

Together with the rest of the world, I mourn. I mourn for the loss of a great man. I mourn for the loss a creative genius.

Born from a single mother, put up for adoption, dropped out of college, and changed the world.

Thank you, Steve Jobs, for the inspiration.


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