Steve Jobs – One Last Thing premiered November 2011 on PBS. The documentary takes an unflinching look at Jobs’ difficult, controlling reputation and through interviews with the people who worked closely with him or chronicled his life, provides unique insight into what made him tick. Below is the full transcript….
Steve Jobs was a genius of the modern age. He gave us tools to change our lives and the way we communicate.
“Here comes a device that comes with no manual, and everybody knows how to use it… amazing.”
“They weren’t just hits in the sense that they sold well, but they actually changed the whole nature of technology and caused everyone else to follow them.”
This intimate portrait is a revealing insight into Steve Jobs’ life…
“Andy Warhol gets down on his hands and knees, Steve showing him how to use the mouse”.
His career…“He shook up a whole industry.”
His character…”Steve loved those creative ideas”.
His faults…”Steve ultimately betrayed everyone”.
His artistry…”Just the smooth lines of it”.
And his achievements…”He is going to inspire a whole new generation”.
By the people who knew him best.
“I’d give a lot to have Steve’s taste”. – Bill Gates
“If he needed you, he was your best friend, and he would seduce you”.
“When I was having a hard time, he would be on the phone, he’d drive up from Silicon Valley, take me out for dinner, hang out and take walks with me”.
“He turned on me, total street bully, in my face, We were… and I went crazy. I’d never been there. I don’t ever want to be there again”.
“How much fun we had… ohh…How much fun we had in those days doing things together, you know, but you lose it, you can’t ever go back, and just to have those conversations that make us both smile”. – Steve Woz
Through their eyes, we reveal what made him the man who always gave us…
“Now there’s one more thing.”
Steve Jobs “One Last Thing”
Steven Paul Jobs died on October 5, 2011, at the age of 56, a life cut short in its creative prime by cancer. His death was not a surprise, and yet its impact reverberated around the world. The news had spread, and the tributes were created on the new iDevices that his visionary genius had made. His is a success story that could only have happened in the U.S.A.
“I don’t mean to say that there aren’t geniuses and world-changing people everywhere… there are… But I think in Jobs’ case, the particular path of his career, this could only have happened in America”. – Walt Mossberg, Technology Columnist
Steve Jobs’ world-class salesmanship found a global audience in his famous Apple product presentations. He always had “one more thing” to announce.
“Everyone thinks, “Wow. That’s… that’s so much,” and, “well, we got one more thing,” and then you put your biggest thing at the end because it’ll tip it. It’s good, uh… it’s good showmanship really”. – Eddie Izzard, Comedian & Actor
Tragically that “one more thing” has now become “one last thing.” The news that Steve Jobs had finally logged out made headlines everywhere. This man really had changed the world.
“When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is, and your… your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money”. – Steve Jobs
In this exclusive, never before seen interview, Steve Jobs gave a rare glimpse of his vision of the world.
“That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Um, once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again”.
In the Los Altos suburb of San Francisco, California, just about everybody was an engineer or worked in electronics, a childhood spent here in the future Silicon Valley was the first key lucky break in Steve Jobs’ young life.
His closest childhood friend was Bill Fernandez.
“In about eighth grade, halfway through, this new guy came into the school, who was Steve Jobs, and we were both introverted, intellectual, kind of socially inept, and we gravitated towards each other”. – Bill Fernandez, User Interface Architect
The two boys shared the same hobby.
“We started taking long walks and talking about the meaning of life and what is this all about, and after a while we started doing…In addition to walking and talking…Doing electronics projects together”. (Bill Fernandez)
Fernandez also knew another electronics geek, his neighbor’s son Steve Wozniak, universally known as Woz.
“So one day, Steve Jobs bicycled over to hang out with me and do electronics projects in the garage, and out in front was Wozniak washing his car. So I thought to myself, “Okay This Steve is an electronics buddy, he’s an electronics buddy. They’d probably like to meet each other.” (Bill Fernandez)
Fernandez had no idea at the time that the meeting between his two friends would change our world. Jobs and Woz were soon to start a business together. Its name was Apple.
“If Woz and Jobs had never met, there never would have been an Apple computer. There would have been computers, and there would have been personal computers, but we probably wouldn’t have the kind of wonderful empowering things that people fall into if Woz and Jobs hadn’t met
This neighborhood we grew up in had a lot of Lockheed engineers in it, and I would go up and down the street to the various dads on the street and get mentored in electronics, and Steve Wozniak’s father was one of the people who mentored me.
As Jobs and I were walking over, I noticed Woz out washing his car, and I said, “Hey, Woz. Um, come over and meet Steve.”
So, “Steve, meet Steve.” And this is where it happened, basically right here”. (Bill Fernandez)
Woz and Jobs became inseparable friends, but their first venture was not a computer. The pair developed an electronics kit mimicking telephone router codes to make free calls around the world.
“You know, when you make a long distance phone call in the background you hear, “do do do do do”? Those are the telephone computers actually signing each other, sending information to each other to set up your call. And there used to be a way to fool the entire telephone system into thinking you were a telephone computer.
You could, you know, call from a pay phone, go to White Plains, New York, take a satellite to Europe, take a cable to Turkey, um, come back to Los Angeles, and you’d go around the world 3 or 4 times and call the payphone next door, shout in the phone, and be about 30 seconds, it would come out the other phone”. – Steve Jobs