07 Jan 12More stuff there you used to read here!

I love my parents. They had just gotten back from a long trip overseas on Thursday and, as exhausted as they were, they called me to say they were sorry to hear about Steve Jobs.

Which is so nice and also kind of weird, right? It’s not like I ever even met Steve. But they knew that while I’m too old to have heroes, if I did have heroes he would have been one of them.

Then, for the second time this year, my dad surprised me. The first was when he told me that he had met Ian Flemming back in the 1960s. This time it was telling me he had actually met Jobs, back in 1980.

Apple was about to go public and Jobs came to New York to drum up interest in the company’s IPO. My dad worked for a money management firm and spent an hour with others in the company listening to Jobs talk up Apple.

It was hard for my dad to remember much, but I asked him if there was anything, even just impressions, he could recall.

He wore a suit and tie and his hair was slightly long. Full of energy and conviction he made his case that his computer was the best and there was no way he would share the operating system with others. He was a great salesman and very focused.

We all found him and his fledging company exciting and fun.

Can you imagine?

In retrospect I’m sure Thursday wasn’t the first time he’s told me he met Jobs. After Jobs was on the cover of Time in 1982, that issue sat on our kitchen counter for what seemed like a year, right next to where I put my books when I got home from school. I’m sure he must have mentioned it then: “Hey, I met this guy!” or I don’t think I would have made note of it.

Thinking back I think I kept that issue because I found Jobs interesting, long before I used any of Apple’s products. The guy made computers. And money. And was only 10 years older than me. How do I get in on that?

Hard work, it turns out. Hard work and inspiration. And determination.

Eight years later when I bought my first computer I knew I wanted a Mac. There wasn’t any question.

As I told my pal Shawn King on a memoriam edition of Your Mac Life he put together, I know some of the executives read my stupid web site from time to time and I’d like to think that Steve read some of my pieces and maybe one made him laugh. Like this one about Avie Tevanian inexplicably going through puberty again. I know Tevanian at least read it because he emailed me about to make a small correction about his age (true story). I updated the story because I care.

The first time I saw Steve in person was on stage at Macworld Expo 2007 when he introduced the iPhone. He had been struggling with cancer for years at that point and sitting there in the crowd it was clear how important the event was to him. I think maybe he realized this might be the last biggest thing he ever did, the last time he really changed the world. Again.

I was glad I got to see it. Glad I got to see what was probably the biggest Macworld announcement ever. Glad I shared that moment with him, even if I was just another head in that sea of nerds.

After knowing about Steve Jobs for 30 years, I’m sad there won’t be any more chances for him to change the world.

Macworld asked me to contribute to their 2012 predictions piece which also features Jacqui Cheng, Adam Engst, John Gruber, Andy Ihnatko, Arnold Kim and the Macalope.

Somehow, they gave me a higher rating for my predictions for last year than they gave Adam. Only because I successfully stereotyped MUG members. How hard is that?

Anyway, if you used to like this site, you might like my predictions.

27 Responses to “More stuff there you used to read here!”

  1. Magnanimous Wang says:

    Used to, before I found out that John Moltz is John Gruber.

  2. Sue says:

    Yeah! A new post. Sign of things to come?

    Of to Macworld .

  3. Michael says:

    IT HURTS

  4. Brother Mugga says:

    It’s not filthy enough for the stuff we used to read here.

  5. won says:

    YOU’VE INSERTED IT BACKWARDS

  6. Steve G. says:

    Watch out! Pie from the sky! The re-entry heat cooks them perfectly, just try not to catch one (that whole terminal velocity being a bitch kinda thing).

    Oh, and 6th!

  7. Ace Deuce says:

    Yay sexbots!

    I’m impressed that Mr. Moltz outperformed Adam Engst in the predictions for last year, proving that he belongs in the illustrious pantheon of Apple pundits. Even though he can’t be bothered to post anything here anymore. Sheesh.

  8. Steve G. says:

    Ace,

    Don’t forget that our esteemed Mr. Moltz (I know, I was laughing pretty hard when I typed that) predicted that the iPhone would have only one button.

  9. Brother Mugga says:

    What about ‘esteamed’, Steve?

    I’m sure we could work something appropriately juvenile around that?

    See you over at the Gigapost…

  10. Steve G. says:

    E-steamed?

    Maybe if that pie-launching satellite malfunctions.

  11. Nxxx says:

    BroMu,
    Don’t use the “E” letter to start any word. Think what’s happened to the Euro.

  12. iMoo says:

    I, for one, am all for more pie.

  13. Brother Mugga says:

    Oh I do, Nxxx.

    Every time I need a giggle.

  14. Huh? says:

    I’m thinking that Moltz might not be rated quite so high next year…

    My Pants™ disagree, but then again, they’re still mumbling something about the Great Pie, 2012, and the Mayans.

    Go figure.

  15. Del says:

    I predict that Apple Sexbots and “… when it will deliver a shiny aluminum solution for obesity” are the same thing. It will make burning off the calories fun!

  16. Nxxx says:

    For those who believe that weight loss should be painful, will there be a Domantrix model?

  17. Del says:

    Of course there will be. I’m guessing it will be one of the most popular.

  18. Daid Nunez says:

    Sex bots sound fun. I’d never have to leave my mom’s basement.

  19. Most of these predictions came to pass. I read the article and that realized! Congratulations…

  20. Fabia says:

    I, for one, am all for more pie.

  21. Eu, por um lado, sou todos por mais torta.

  22. Não é sujo o suficiente para as coisas que costumávamos ler aqui.

  23. John Moltz, write new article to us please!

  24. BDC says:

    John, I loved this. Please, write more for us!

  25. The first time I saw Steve in person was on stage at Macworld Expo 2007 when he introduced the iPhone. He had been struggling with cancer for years at that point and sitting there in the crowd it was clear how important the event was to him. I think maybe he realized this might be the last biggest thing he ever did, the last time he really changed the world.

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