It’s been over three years since Steve Jobs died, however the hole he left at Apple and those closest to him still hasn’t been filled. Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli’s upcoming book Becoming Steve Jobs is full of anecdotes and events that showcase just how much Steve meant to his friends.
One such event happened in 2013, during Laurene Powell Jobs’ fiftieth birthday. Pixar CEO John Lasseter recounts in the book that he got there early and started talking to Tim Cook.
“Do you miss him? I really miss Steve,” Lasseter said, and then pulled out iPhone to show Tim that Jobs phone number and photo were still on the list.
Cook pulled out his phone too and showed Lasseter that he still couldn’t delete Jobs’ number yet either.
“I can’t get rid of that,” Lasseter said, according to a report on the book from Business Insider. “It’s funny, there’s a little club, I guess is the best way to describe it,” Lasseter says. “The people like Jony and Tim, myself, that were very close to Steve up until the very end. And no one gets it, how much we miss him.”
The story took place nearly two years ago, so it’s possible Tim and Lasseter have replaced Steve on their contacts by now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s still there. As the CEO of Pixar, Lasseter was part of Steve Jobs’ inner circle since the time of Jobs’ exile at NeXT until his death in 2011.