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The proof

The Times (of London) asked me to write a little bit about the very strange experience of interviewing Steve Jobs, since he stepped down as CEO of Apple this week. This is it.


Most of what I've read in the past few days has been essentially hagiography or obituary -- and in all the talk of his achievements, very little of the man actually came through.


I don't claim to have any great insight, but the time I met Steve was one I'll never forget. Instead of the giant I expected, I encountered a small, distant man who seemed to be upset by the lack of control he had about the situation around him at the time. I'm not sure if what I wrote seems disrespectful or whether it's vastly out of step with other people's experiences. But that doesn't make it less real.

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Taken on August 27, 2011