After news broke last night that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had died, thousands of eulogies flooded the internet, many of which were either written or read on a product Jobs invented.
People immediately began comparing Jobs to Thomas Edison and Walt Disney. Shortly after, names like Picasso, Gutenberg, and Leonardo da Vinci were added to the list.
Wired.com has a nice tribute on its homepage which includes quotes from President Obama, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Roger Ebert.
If you’ve got a few minutes, watch Jobs deliver his inspirational 2005 Stanford University commencement speech. In it he discusses computers, success, and even his own impending death.
“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,” he said.
“No one wants to die,” Jobs 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,” he 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.”
The New York Times has the official obit.
Locals: Sarah Gill, Leah Spears, Dawn Roberts, Lea Warner, Lance Burchett, Michael Roach, Marc Collier, Nancy McCluer McShane, Rodney Thomas, Rachel Peterson, Daniel Estes, Sean Lamont, Ramie Parsons and Rachel Birdsell.
Others: Singer Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) is 60, guitarist David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) is 57, actress Elisabeth Shue is 48, bassist Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses) is 45, actor Jeremy Sisto is 37 and American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle is 34.
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The biggest of tonight’s events is First Thursday, Fayetteville’s monthly art walk/party on the square. We’ll have more on that later this morning.
Until then, here’s the full list of tonight’s offerings including a DJ dance party at Smoke & Barrel hosted by the Aerosault crew, folk-country singer-songwriter James McMurtry at George’s and the Jack Mitchell Big Band at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.
- Fayetteville Square: Farmers’ Market
- Fayetteville Square: First Thursday
- Fayetteville Underground: Art openings
- Ease Arts Supplies: Free for All
- Walton Arts Center: Reception for Leon Niehues: Then and Now
- Botanical Garden of the Ozarks: Jack Mitchell Big Band Concert
- JJ’s Grill: Jeff Fox
- Hjem Restaurant: Shore and Cockram
- Mojo’s Pints & Pies: Tiffany Christopher
- UA Campus: Wangari Maathai Memorial
- Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall: UA tuba and euphonium studio
- Walton Arts Center: Martha Graham Dance Company
- Dickson Street Pub: Ashley Higham
- George’s Majestic Lounge: James McMurtry / Jonny Burke
- Smoke & Barrel Tavern: First Thursday with Aerosault
- Lake Sequoyah: Pre-Bid Meeting: Bid 11-62, Construction of Lake Sequoyah Boat Ramp and Courtesy Dock – 10:00 a.m.
- City Hall, Room 111: Planning Agenda Session and Tour – 4:00 p.m.
- City Hall, Room 326: CDBG Public Comment – 5:30 p.m.
- City Hall, Room 111: Partners for Better Housing – 6:00 p.m.
* Meetings scheduled to be televised by the Fayetteville Government Channel are indicated with an asterisk