Steve Jobs, the brainchild of Apple Inc., passed away last October 5, at the age of 56 years old, from cancer, in which he was fighting for years. Apple said, “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.” With the Mac, iPod, iTouch, etc., his ability to transform entire industries with his inventions & improvements to technology, considers him a modern-day Leonardo Da Vinci.
Jobs was born February 24, 1955, and grew up in Cupertino, California – home to Apple’s headquarters – and became interested in electronics. As a teenager, he called William Hewlett, president of Hewlett-Packard, to request parts for a school project. He got them, along with an offer of a summer job at HP.
Jobs dropped out of Reed College Oregon after one semester, but returned to audit a class in calligraphy, which he says influenced Apple’s graceful, minimalist aesthetic. He quit one of his first jobs, designing video games for Atari, to backpack across India and take psychedelic drugs. Those experiences influenced him to make a creation of his dreams.