"Death Didn’t Happen To Steve, He Achieved It" – The Steve Jobs Eulogy

Mona Simpson – Steve Jobs’ real (biological) sister – allowed the New York Times to publish an op-ed of her Eulogy celebrating the life of her dear brother this Sunday. Mona Simpson, now a novelist and professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles originally delivered the eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs, on Oct. 16 2011 at his memorial service held at the Memorial Church of Stanford University.

Simpson fondly remembers the brother she met when she was 25, living in New York and working at a small literary magazine. A lawyer had called her and informed her that she had a rich and famous long-lost brother that she didn’t know she had.

In the eulogy, Simpson reflected…

The lawyer refused to tell me my brother’s name and my colleagues started a betting pool. The leading candidate: John Travolta. I secretly hoped for a literary descendant of Henry James — someone more talented than I, someone brilliant without trying. Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.

Simpson adds…

When I met Steve, he was a guy my age in jeans, Arab- or Jewish-looking and handsomer than Omar Sharif

When they first met, Simpson said, she told her brother she had considered buying a computer, but had waited.
Simpson remembers…

Steve told me it was a good thing I’d waited. He said he was going to make something that was going to be insanely beautiful.

When Jobs’ fight with the pancreatic cancer took a turn for the worse, he called his sister and asked her to hurry to his Palo Alto, California, home. Simpson said of his tone

It was like someone whose luggage was already strapped onto the vehicle, who was already on the beginning of his journey, even as he was sorry, truly deeply sorry, to be leaving us.

Even as he battled the imminent in his last hours, the famous distrotion seems to have made an appearance one last time. Simpson said,

there was also sweet Steve’s capacity for wonderment, the artist’s belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later. He was working at this, too.

So Simpson feels that

Death didn’t happen to Steve, he achieved it.

The Last Words That Steve Jobs Said

As for the last words, according to Simpson, with his family surrounding him, Jobs’ last words were:

Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.

Euology via [ NYTimes, photo via geyahsblog ]

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