Well until this past Sunday, neither did I. He was found deceased, last Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at the young age of 70. It’s only because a friend of mine posted an article on Facebook, from Incept Design based out of Tampa, Florida. Here is the link, for your review and education.
I am guilty as well, but I stand to right my wrongs and give the man his credit. He deserves as much, if not more praise, than Steve Jobs.
The guy created Unix. You know, which powers the Internet? That’s pretty important right? He created C, the language that many of us have used at some point in our lives. How often do we ask where these programs come from. Who made them? This is serious.
Now look at the picture above. Does this gentleman scream charisma and personality like Mr. Jobs does? Well that’s open to interpretation. But there is nary any mention in the mainstream media of this guy. I’m disappointed in myself because I thrive on giving all the originators, creators, and brilliant minds their credit. I am also a big fan of underdogs.
I am not going to try and act like I knew who this guy was, or champion all his accomplishments. But the underlying concern is, we don’t show the proper respect to the folks that deserve it. Steve Jobs did a lot of good things in the world. He also charmed the heck out of a lot of people. He knew how to talk, carry himself, and had the confidence to achieve anything. That’s an understatement.
It’s the world we live in. Maybe the quiet ones don’t want all the headlines, recognition, and notoriety. All under-the-radar, they do the intense work and labor, the long hours, and rather enjoy their results in anonymity. All-the-while, the good talkers get all the credit. This is not meant to persuade you in any way. However, the tributes for Mr. Jobs were anything but sporadic. Lots of statements regarding his vision and groundbreaking products are justified. But we should spread the love wherever we can. There have been a lot of people who have done great things in this world, and should be recognized. Even if they don’t want to be. The fact that some choose to remain invisible, shows they are the ones who deserve the most praise. Sadly, it took his death for me to get to know more about him. It’s a life lesson; give respect to your colleagues, your friends, your family, your pets, professionals you admire, and all other loved ones while they are in your life today. Don’t find out when it’s too late. Whether it’s through an obscure headline, website, or second-hand information. You will love yourself and the wonderful people in your life that much more.