Thursday, November 03, 2011

"Steve Jobs: One Last Thing", hour documentary, airs on PBS

On Wednesday night, PBS aired the special documentary from Pioneer Films and director Susan Crook, “Steve Jobs: One Last Thing” (55 min).   PBS offers a link with multiple videos here  (DVD is $24.99).

This was a moving biography of the founder of Apple and famous innovator. It starts by showing how, in the early 1970s, neighbor Bill Fernandez introduced him to Steve Wozniak, who was characterized as a “nerd” whereas Jobs himself was more of a “hippy” who would turn into pointed businessman who inspires the adulation of H. Ross Perot (founder of EDS, a “turnkey to profits” itself as early as around 1962),who often appears in the film to comment.

Without that chance but arranged friendship, there would be no Apple and no “i-devices”, and the PC world would be much more business oriented.

The documentary introduces Las Vegas entrepreneur Ronald Wayne, who exerted some “parlor diplomacy” to help Wozniak and Jobs started in business.  Wayne never made a penny from it, though.

The documentary depicts Jobs as a vigorous young man and almost billionaire by 30 (let alone Zuckerberg today), when he had a falling out and then started Next (enter Perot).  He eventually got into the movie business with Pixar before returning to Apple.

The movie shows how he invented things, like the mouse from a deodorant ball.

A journalist named Mossley interviews an older Jobs together with Bill Gates.

The film doesn’t introduce his battle with pancreatic cancer until very late.  Even in recovery, he set daily goals for himself.

NYC composer Timo Andres details  how important the innovations from Steve Jobs are to musicians on his blog post "Uncle Steve" here.  The visitor could also look at Timo’s Nov. 2 posting about a new music publisher PSNY (follow the link) which has written about the enormous potential that today’s composers have for self-production, none of which would have happened without Steve Jobs.  (See my Drama blog, Nov. 2, too.)

The film doesn’t quite tell us what “one last thing” is, specifically.  But one could ponder iTV, discussed in the Washington Post today (see my Network Neutrality blog today).

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