This Wednesday marks what would have been the sixty-first birthday of Apple founder, Steve Jobs. Born February 24th 1955, Jobs's life was anything but ordinary. His incomparable genius is revered worldwide, specifically regarding his innovation in the technological world. Billions of individuals use his Apple products daily, resulting in a vibrant legacy that will, to some degree, last forever.
In honor of Jobs' birthday, here are some fun facts about the Man Behind The Apple.
1. He greatly disliked school.
When Jobs was adopted, the stipulation his biological parents made was that Steve would be guaranteed a college education. Jobs did go to Reed College for a period of time, but eventually dropped out. However, he did continue his education by informally attending classes. One class he 'attended' was a calligraphy course. Jobs' stated that this course was instrumental in Apple's attention to typography and font style.
2. He worked at Atari alongside eventual Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak.
Before he created the titan that is Apple, Jobs created video games for Atari. He and Steve Wozniak are the duo responsible for creating the beloved arcade game, 'Breakout'. However, when Atari gave Jobs five-thousand dollars for the game, he told Wozniak they were only paid seven hundred. Having agreed to spilt the profit 50/50, Jobs gave Wozniak three-hundred and fifty dollars, keeping the rest for himself.
Fun fact: You can play 'Breakout' for free thanks to Google! Just go to Google Images, search 'Atari Breakout' and the game will pop up. Be careful though. It's extremely addictive.
3. You have him to thank for you favorite Pixar films!
Back in 1986, Steve Jobs purchased Pixar from LucasFilm for five-million dollars. The first film that was released under Jobs' new ownership was the beloved 1995 film, Toy Story. In fact, his name appears frequently in the credits of many Pixar film's as a form of special thanks for his work with the company.
4. He called up Google and made them make changes to their logo.
Steve paid incredible attention to detail, a skill that many people claim helped the success of Apple. One time Jobs even called up Google VP, Vic Gundotra, telling him that the shade of yellow used in Google's logo was wrong. According to a Google+ post by Gundotra this is what Jobs said:
"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve. "I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"
5. He was offered an internship...in eighth grade.
The story goes that Jobs called Hewlett-Packard to inquire about a missing part from an electronic kit he was assembling. He ended up speaking with Hewlett-Packard co-founder, William Hewlett, for over twenty minutes. By the time the two were ready to end the call, Hewlett offered Jobs a summer internship with his company. WOW.
So there you have it, a small glimpse into Jobs' extraordinary life. Even though it's been almost five years since he passed away, he will forever live on as one of the world's greatest and most beloved treasures. Happy Birthday, Steve. (1955-2011)