Apple employees, fans remember Steve Jobs

October 19, 2011

As Apple employees gather to remember Steve Jobs, Apple fans are also paying tribute to the company co-founder.

Shortly after Jobs died on Oct. 5, Apple put up a tribute page soliciting anecdotes and wishes, asking for people to e-mail their thoughts to rememberingsteve@apple.com. The company began publishing those tributes early Wednesday, saying it had received over one million responses from all over the world.

The responses are full of warm wishes for Jobs’s family and personal messages thanking Jobs for inspiring a different way of thinking.

“I feel like I’ve lost a childhood hero,” wrote one user, who signed his tribute “Josh”. “Wish I could have gotten to meet you at least once in my life. I’ll miss you. Those keynotes won’t be the same with out you there. Here’s to you Steve. You were crazy enough to change the world.”

Meanwhile, hundreds of Apple employees gathered at the company’s campus in Cupertino, Calif. to pay their respects in an employees-only memorial service, the San Jose Mercury News wrote.

According to the report, Apple provided shuttle buses for workers coming in from distant satellite offices and many attendees came to the event toting their Apple notebooks. Reports on Twitter say that Norah Jones and Coldplay both performed live at the Apple memorial.

Fortune’s Brian Caufield reported that he was asked by security guards not to approach Apple employees on their way in or out of the service. He also said that members of the Westboro Baptist Church protesting the service were “shouted down by several dozen locals.”

Apple stores around the country closed their doors to allow employees a chance to watch the event via Webcast. While some stores have cleared away the makeshift memorials to Jobs that sprouted up after his death, Cult of Mac noted that the Apple store in his home town of Palo Alto, Calif. continues to allow admirers to stick memorial notes to its storefront.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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