Steve Jobs passed away recently in case you didn’t know (what rock are you living under anyway?). He has been described as a visionary (accurate IMHO). His story is the rags (well maybe that’s too strong a word) to riches (at death he was worth an estimated 8 billion, so VERY accurate) variety. He has also been vilified by the jealous. He was a man who was flawed like us all.
However, intentional or not he has done something very good. For many around the world he has given the greatest gift man can give to his fellow man; a voice. Imagine being born mute, losing your ability to speak because of injury or disease, losing your speech just as you were beginning to understand you had a voice. What a devastating event, what sting a person must feel. Steve helped to ease the sting.
As a mother of a 14 year old son who falls into the latter category above I know how grateful I am to Steve. His were the first computers with voice recognition and text to speech, albeit crappy voice. The most important thing here is he laid the ground work for what was coming. For another who shares my opinion go HERE.
Steve had a quote and it went like this: “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me…Going to bed at night saying we did something wonderful….that’s what matters to me”.
Well Steve you did do something wonderful, something our founding fathers strived for too; equality for all. You leveled the playing field and gave those with no way to express their intelligence a gift. From the mother of a 14 year old son with no speech anymore I thank you. I believe there is a special place in Heaven for people like you. Say hi to Dr. Rimland and Dr. Clark for us. Be at peace Steve you deserve your reward.