I couldn’t quite put my finger on why I was so upset at the passing of Steve Jobs; I’ve never personally met him. Then I read Marco Ament’s post and then I understood.
I didn’t know Steve. I never met him. I never worked for him. I never even got one of his famous one-liner email responses.
But it feels like someone close to me has died. He was so intimately involved in his company and its products (which have become critical parts of my career and hobby life), and he has publicly injected so much vision, personality, and care into our entire industry for so long, that I do feel like I knew him, even though I really didn’t.
So thank you Steve. You made us imagine.