Today marks the 59th birthday of Steve Jobs, who was born February 24, 1955.
To mark the occasion, here’s a video tribute created by several Apple employees for Jobs to mark his thirtieth birthday in 1985:
The video was originally accompanied by the song “My Back Pages” from Bob Dylan’s 1964 album, Another Side of Bob Dylan, although the backing track has been removed by YouTube due to a copyright claim.
It serves as a nice “greatest hits” tribute to Jobs’ first three decades — in which he not only co-founded Apple and became a multi-millionaire in the process, but also significantly launched the Macintosh — introducing the graphical user interface and mouse to the vast majority of users.
The years Jobs turned thirty he gave an interview to Playboy magazine, in which he talked about why computing tends to be dominated by younger people:
“People get stuck as they get older. Our minds are sort of electrochemical computers. Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them. It’s a rare person who etches grooves that are other than a specific way of looking at things, a specific way of questioning things. It’s rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing. Of course, there are some people who are innately curious, forever little kids in their awe of life, but they’re rare.”
As is well known, Jobs left Apple the year he turned thirty. He didn’t stop innovating, however. In the remaining 25 years of his life, he helped bring Pixar to public attention, founded NeXT, returned to Apple and transformed it into the most valuable company of all time, and oversaw the release of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.
Happy birthday, Steve.