Saturday, October 08, 2011

Flowers, letters, and gadgets at Apple store 'shrines'

To thank Jobs for being different:

US: Grateful fans flocked to Apple stores across the United States Thursday erecting makeshift shrines to deceased co-founder Steve Jobs to thank him for inventing the gadgets that revolutionized their lives.

Jobs, who died Wednesday at age 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, has been hailed by world leaders and tech moguls, but also by ordinary consumers, including in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, where the sidewalk in front of the Apple store was strewn with flowers and candles.

"I'm here to pay tribute to Steve Jobs, someone in the universe who made it possible for me to be engineer," said Clarence Labor, a worker for hi-tech company Intel.

And he had a special tribute for Jobs, depositing three early Mac computers in front of the store.

"Those Macs are my very first computers," said Labor, an unabashed fan who compared the Apple visionary to American inventor Thomas Edison.

Labor, who purchased the computers at an early "Macstore" in California, said he considered himself lucky to have met Jobs in person. "I met him in the late 80s when he came to an Intel conference to announce that Intel would be part of Macs," he said.

"We lost someone we should be privileged to admire," Labor said. "We can tell our children and grandchildren we knew him."

As he spoke another man placed a silver iPod on which he had written "Thank You, RIP" outside the store. AFP