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Originally posted 12/15/2011 08:00AM
Katie Couric says that 2011 was a year of "revolutions, disillusionment, disappointment, frustration, despair, courage and hope."
Couric will host the ABC two-hour special "The Year," in collaboration with PEOPLE, airing on Dec. 15 at 9 p.m.
But first, she looked back on the year with PEOPLE.
Originally posted 10/10/2011 08:00AM
They started Apple Computer together in 1976 with nothing. Now, 35 years later, Steve Wozniak can reflect on just how his friend and fellow computer geek Steve Jobs changed the world.
"I am in great grief," Wozniak, 61, tells PEOPLE. "I'm glad that Steve Jobs did so much for the world. His efforts and accomplishments move us much closer to solving the great problems of the world, including war."
Jobs, who died last week at 56, had a beautiful mind that allowed him to see the future, and shape it, says Wozniak.
Originally posted 10/07/2011 05:00PM
A small, private funeral is taking place Friday for Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died this week at age 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
The location was not disclosed out of respect for Jobs's family, the Wall Street Journal reports.
"The funeral will be a very private ceremony," Lt. Sandra Brown, a spokeswoman for the Palo Alto police department, tells Fox News.
No public services were set. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook told employees in a letter that the company was "planning a celebration of Steve's extraordinary life" for staff.
Originally posted 10/07/2011 12:00PM
As Steve Jobs tells the story, the phone call was made in the middle of the night.
An unwed couple had put their child up for adoption. They wanted their baby raised by college graduates, so they arranged for the child to go to a lawyer and his wife.
But at the last minute, the potential adoptive couple had a change of heart. They wanted a girl. So the birth parents went to the next names on the waiting list, and dialed the phone.
This time, the people on the other end of the line said yes.
That's how Steve Jobs came to be adopted by working class Paul Jobs, a machinist, and wife Clara of San Francisco in the winter of 1955. The boy would grow up to become a technological visionary, immensely rich – worth an estimated $8.3 billion – powerful and admired.
Originally posted 10/06/2011 07:05PM
Pete Wentz, the former bassist for Fall Out Boy who’s now on tour with his new band Black Cards, shares his thoughts on Steve Jobs exclusively with PEOPLE.
As with a lot of things, sometimes it takes an outsider to shake things up. That’s how it was with Steve Jobs and the music industry.
Jobs singlehandedly changed the way people interact with music more so than most people within the music industry this century. He proved that music could not only become hyper-relevant again, but that it would become significant in ways that most people could never have imagined. Inexpensive. Portable. Easy. Fun. Sharable.
Music has always been a thread that runs through most people's lives, but with the invention of iTunes and the iPod, it could live and breathe anywhere. Everywhere.
Originally posted 10/06/2011 03:30PM
Dear Steve Jobs,
I'm sending this to wherever you've gone...
Our hearts broke at the news last evening and our world will never be the same. For all that you brought to us and all that we will never know because of your passing, I thought I'd show you a picture of my daughter Easton with her trusty iPad. It changed our lives and opened her mind and imagination to possibility.
At first, I was scared when I received the iPad as a gift – the technically-challenged are always the most resistant. Not Easton though. She seemed to speak your language right off the bat. Actually, all the children seem to grasp your vision with ease. She showed me the light and the way into your world ... or at least the one we were privileged to benefit from. Together we have grown closer through learning, interacting and being entertained by your inventions.
Originally posted 10/06/2011 02:20PM
Despite being a music critic – listening to more albums in one year than many people would in an entire lifetime – I've always been old-school when it comes to music technology.
I remember being one of the last people I knew who switched from vinyl to CD. Years later, I reluctantly (and almost out of a sense of embarrassment) retired my Discman and bought my first iPod much later than those tech-savvy types. I remember begrudgingly importing my CDs into my computer over one long week, feeling like it would never end and wondering what it was all for.
Then something magical happened: I connected my new iPod and watched in amazement as all my music was transferred over to this tiny thing.
Originally posted 10/06/2011 02:10PM
Steve Jobs influenced how we talk on the phone, listen to music, watch movies and surf the web.
And along the way, he racked up his share of pop culture notoriety, too.
From Saturday Night Live to Toy Story to Sex and the City, the late Apple visionary's work and his many pervasive products made their mark in the world of entertainment.
Originally posted 10/06/2011 01:45PM
In the public eye, Steve Jobs was a cutting-edge visionary with a knack for developing user-friendly technology. He was the man in the black turtleneck with an estimated $5.5 billion fortune, that guy who asked consumers to make a choice – Mac or PC.
But quietly, the infallible creative force behind Apple had his own personal battle outside the office. Jobs, who died Wednesday at 56, struggled with pancreatic cancer since 2004.
After resigning from his position as CEO in August, Jobs remained in the company as chairman. His letter to the board announcing the change did not mention his health problems, but he alluded to them.
"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," he wrote. "Unfortunately, that day has come."
Originally posted 10/06/2011 09:05AM
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