Memorial to Steve Jobs at Clarendon Apple Store

by ARLnow.com October 6, 2011 at 10:52 am 4,954 79 Comments

A memorial to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs has formed outside the Clarendon Apple Store.

Store employees and Apple fans have been leaving heartfelt notes of condolence for Jobs, who passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. He was 56.

Hailed as a visionary for the way he helped to revolutionize personal computers, smartphones and digital media, Jobs is being mourned at Apple Stores around the country. In Clarendon, flowers, digital printouts, a dozen hand-written Post-it-Notes and a lone apple adorn the entrance to the store.

“I cried last night,” admitted one Apple fan, as reflected upon what Jobs and his company has meant to him over the years.

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  • Jenny-Bear

    This memorial is…breathtaking. Way to be, Clarendon. Way to be.

    • charlie

      titan of industry:
      plastic wrapped flowers;
      sticky notes on door (which are from 3M, by the way, and a very cool invention and invention story),
      non-invisible tape used for taping pieces of paper to outside floor.

      gosh I hope it is really makeshift.

      class up clarendon. class up.

      • Lost0in0Seoul

        Hey those flowers cost me $10 @ Giant!!! Where’s your your tribute to a man who changed almost everyone’s life, oh I guess you’ve never used a mouse! (He invented that, when inventing things was still cool!)

        • SomeGuy

          Steve Jobs did not invent the mouse. I’m pretty sure it was invented at Xerox PARC. But it was sure as hell not invented by Steve Jobs.

          • Josh S

            Most, if not all, of the great inventors celebrated by history did not invent the item they are associated with. They simply improved it to the point where it actually caught on and was useful. You can continue to be the hoarder of the trivia game knowledge, but it’s just a bit curmudgeonly of you….

          • SomeGuy

            Josh S, are you just disagreeing with me for the sake of disagreeing? The article is about people revering (in some cases, nearly worshipping) a man who, while very accomplished as a businessman and innovator, did not do everything many revere him for. That includes inventing the mouse. Lost0in0Seoul appears to be encouraging reverence of the man by ascribing mouse invention to him, so it’s worth debunking for those who aren’t sold on hero worship.

            You’re telling me I’m wrong for being right about that? I find that quite curmudgeonly of you.

  • Aaron

    I wonder how many of these mourners mocked Michael Jackson fans for doing the same silly stuff two summers ago.

    • DarkHeart

      Cult of Jobs. Cult of Michael. Cult of Brown Flip Flops. Cult of Core Workout.

      Do the Moonies still own that Sheraton?

      • I have to wonder if these are the same people who attended the Star Wars event the other day.

        • Johnny Utah

          that star wars event is this saturday….and…i’m going to go. Want to meet up?

          • No.

          • Josh S

            Hopefully you’ll be busy trimming that thing…..

  • TGEoA

    Cough… (insert 7th grade slur here)

    • JS

      Stay classy, TGEoA

  • SomeGuy

    How do those stray pages taped to the sidewalk jibe with the county sign ordinance?

  • I don’t want to take away from the accomplishment of Jobs. They were certainly many and important. However, the media does overstate things a bit.

    I used a tablet PC from Samsung and from Sony at least 6 or 7 years ago. They didn’t take off, perhaps because of marketing or perhaps because of timing. Jobs didn’t come up with the idea.

    There were other MP3 players on the market when the ipod came out. Jobs improved upon the functionality of the other brands, and did not invent the thing. You’d have to go to Sony and the Walkman for that, or perhaps even some earlier inventor of a boom box somewhere.

    That said, his products were overpriced but the market for them dictated it. It is going to be interesting to see if the company can continue to have the vision to come up with new products, and improve existing ideas, at the same pace.

    • R.Griffon

      Doing it best > doing it first.

      • You missed my point. The media, especially in the case of the ipad, is stating he did it first. Of course he did it better. He’s nearly a decade newer and in technology that’s a world of time.

        • R.Griffon

          If they’re saying he invented the tablet (or MP3 players, or smartphones, or digital distribution), then that’s just lazy reporting. But I haven’t seen it.

          • Stu Pendus

            Many people conflate the words Visionary and Creator.

        • chris

          I also used a tablet computer about six years ago. I used it because I love gadgets and it was a cool thing. Useful, however, it was not. It was often faster and easier for me to use pen and paper. No internet access and none of the ease of functionality of the iPad. Edison did not invent the light bulb, but he did invent one that the vast majority of people could actually use. (Before that they would burn out in a few hours.) Jobs did the same thing with the iPad.

          You don’t have to revere him. Heck you can hate him. But you’d be wrong to say that he didn’t create things that changed the world and how we relate to it.

          • I’d agree. My use of the older tablets certainly is not like a modern tablet. It did have WiFi, so I could connect to a business wireless network. But, it obviosly didn’t have 3G capability. If that technology were available then, it probably would have. I actually liked the device better than my laptop primarily because it was smaller. It was my first experience with a soft-key keyboard.

    • CW

      As someone who did not work for Apple, and as an engineer, I often wonder if “his” influence was really as significant as the media made it out to be. They make it sound like he singlehandedly threw the iPad out onto a mountaintop in a flash of lightning, and it was perfect. I’d imagine there were teams of hundreds of market researchers, designers, and engineers involved, no? This isn’t the era of Henry Ford anymore; no one, no matter how brilliant, can do anything like this alone.

      My condolences to all on his passing. I’m not taking away from what he did, only asking a question based on what I’ve heard as an outsider who did not work with the man.

      • Of course. Part of being a successful leader is to hire and retain the best people. I would guess he did that.

      • R.Griffon

        I don’t think anyone’s claiming that he was the world’s greatest engineer. Rather, he’s most often cited as a visionary. That word has very specific meaning because it was his VISION of products, and his relentless conviction about the way that they should be designed from a use and interface standpoint that made him (and thus their products) stand out, be successful, and in many cases shape the future of entire categories of consumer electronics as people started to demand Apple-like simplicity and convenience.

        • Don’t forget his vision on how they should be marketed and priced.

          • R.Griffon

            Absolutely. When you make products that are perceived as more valuable, you can command a higher price for them. They charge what they do because they can. Nothing wrong with that (or at least so says the free market).

          • Sikudhani

            You can also make many people believe that your product is, far and away, the best of it’s kind.


          • Josh S

            Thanks for the spam, jerk.

          • Nothing at all. I think his visionary strength was to how to market the perception of his products. He managed to be the first to mass market single song downloads for $0.99. Killed….uh, changed the music industry.

          • Lewis

            And now record companies can’t charge almost $20 for a CD with maybe two good songs on it. And Artists (and some big-name ones) are bypassing the companies entirely and selling music on their own terms.

          • Sikudhani

            “And now record companies can’t charge almost $20 for a CD with maybe two [singles] on it.”

            There we go.

          • Lewis…. yes, indeed. They make their money touring now instead of selling records. That’s why concert ticket prices are so high.

      • Reader

        Well, he didn’t do it all by himself. It is not important who did what alone. It is who is doing a business better or the best. Jobs actually did. I don’t care what he invented, but I know he always created what people wanted rather than needed. I don’t think life would be simpler than today’s without him.

    • Ben

      You could consider the Newton a tablet – and that was created by Apple in the late 80’s with them releasing it in 93.

      • And IBM made a PC Portable in the early 1980s. BFD.

        • Clarendon

          I think Compaq might have beat IBM to the portable market by a year or two?

        • LisaDC

          I had one of those. A more accurate term would be “luggable.”

      • Stu Pendus

        Jobs was not even with Apple when the Newton was developed.

      • spookiness

        Had one! It really was the precursor to the iPhone and iPod.

    • FW

      But he did invent iTunes, which revolutionized the music industry.

      That was the real reason why people started buying iPods, because you could buy single tracks for 99 cents. The studios were offering online monthly subscription services in which you “rented” mp3s from them…lame.

      In fact, iTunes offering 99 cent songs was probably his best business decision.

      • Stu Pendus

        Meh, he commercialized warez. Lots of us “revolutionized” our participation in the music industry years before.

      • Sikudhani

        I own an iPod and I’ve never spent a penny on iTunes…

        The music “rental” model is still in place (Rhapsody, etc), and is the reason my $300 iPod collects dust while my $30 Sandisk gets daily use.
        It’s turned me on to so many new bands/albums/songs I probably never would have given a second listen to were I required to purchase each one up front

        But I suppose so long as they can get the singles for a buck each, most people are happy.

  • Kirk

    “I cried last night,” admitted one Apple fan, as reflected upon what Jobs and his company has meant to him over the years.”


    • DudeGuy

      haha, I thought the same thing. People need to cool their jets. Is is very sad that he died but not worth naming you kid Steve Jobs Smith over.

      • Steve Jobs Smith

        Wait . . . what?!?!?!?

        • Johnny Utah

          well played

        • Shirley


      • Steve Jobs Jobs

        No, it’s not worth it.

        You’ve got to go all the way with the legal name change, obviously.

      • Josh S

        Who are you to tell people whether or not they need to “cool their jets?”

        Leaving aside everything else, it’s just plain rude. But someone who calls himself DudeGuy can hardly be expected to behave beyond about, say, 17 years old…..

  • Lou

    I want to show some respect for Jobs, but I think I’m going to wait until the Memorial2 comes out.

  • JMB

    What’s all the fuss? Isn’t he going to rise again in three days?

  • Clarendon

    I remember when Jobs first returned to Apple after the dark days and it was said that about the new line of colorful computers he oversaw he wanted them “to look so good you want to lick them”. That was Jobs – primarily a design and lifestyle visionary. Going further back, we used Apple IIe in high school in 1983-84 which was really my first experience with computers and programming. Edison was an inventor, Ford was an industrialist and Jobs was the designer and they all changed the world. I think he deserves the media praise, but perhaps not the crazed fan idolatry (as nobody deserves that).

    • Reader

      Agreed. No one even can tell if Microsoft would exist today without Mac. Jobs wasn’t an inventor but he was a visionary. He deserves what the media says.

  • NoVapologist

    While I find the photos of people silently holding ipads with candle images above their heads a little cultish/creepy, I do have to give Jobs respect for turning something he started in his garage into the most valuable U.S. company.

    • One time most valuable. Stock price has dropped. He only briefly had that title. ExxonMobil is one.

      • Josh S

        Jeez, you are in fine form today, aren’t you? Do kids even come to your house on Halloween? I’m guessing not – afraid they’ll get poisoned…..

  • Suburban Not Urban

    The media story on this is way wide of the mark – he excelled at execution and marketing more than as an innovator. Mice were invented at Xerox Parc. There were a slew of personal PC’s, he just made some with quality components and software. Macs managed to marginalize themselves in the graphic design space for many years till they finally broke in to the consumer market recently. The ipod has very little intellectual property edge other than itunes where Apple admittedly innovated the hell out of it as the first true client/server/cloud consumer usage. And the iphone again is just a very classy well built but not ground breaking implementation of smart phones that have been around for a while. I guess there’s a case around touch screen gestures as ground breaking but I’m not sure about the lineage of the IP behind this tech.

  • RosRes

    The fact of everyone here taking the time to post all of these comments, and respond to other posts, seems to indicate how important Jobs was. Just saying…

    • Comments

      No they pretty much do this on most anything. Signs, bikers, and anything related to pizza, flip flops, or burger joints seems to really get them going. I guess you could say their comments have become as ubiquitous and part of being a snotty “Arlingtonian” as the things they rage about.

      • Are you comparing Jobs to brown flip flops? You’ve gone too far!

        • Comments

          No I was actually comparing ARLnow serial commenters to flip flops and everything else typical Arlington. My comment had nothing to do with Steve Jobs.

    • OddNumber

      So how would you interpret articles about food trucks, library hours, and taxes getting more comments?

      • Comments

        Didn’t say it was an exclusive list.

    • SomeGuy

      By that measure, Old Jefferson Davis Highway and Advanced Towing are much more important than Steve Jobs. “Just saying…”

      • Comments

        I was actually just referring to the way a handful of commenters can go on for 60-70 plus comments on most any topic, but thanks for playing – the comment wasn’t about Steve Jobs, but the inane back and forth (such as this) that consumes the comments section of Arlnow.

  • Ballstonian


    What’s up man, really want to make sure people aren’t saddened by the loss? I honestly hope Bill Gates goes out in flames, I want to punch my PC based bull crap windows OS machine I’m forced to use at work…every day, twice a day. You’re right, he didn’t necessarily invent any of the devices you mentioned, but he merged the hardware/software/human interface far and above any other product out there. Don’t see too many people touting Xooms and other pieces of junk out there. And yes, I do look down on people with Android’s. It’s not all about the hardware. It’s about full integration, which Apple excels at. I can’t say a PC has ever made me feel like I could be creative, probably has caused more stress in my life than anything. Not saying Apple’s perfect, but in most cases quoting the late Steve Jobs, “It just works.”

    • What works for you, works for you. Enjoy it. I’m no Windows supporter. The OS is scary to work with especially as an engineer using it with industrial software. Yet, I like the one Android product I own. It “just works” for me and I didn’t pay out the nose or wait in an all night line to buy it the first day it was released.

      • Josh S

        Just gonna point out that the iPhone was around before the Androids. Innovator. Whoever made your Android was emulating Apple and following in its footsteps. As was Windows emulating the Apple OS, etc.

    • SomeGuy

      I can respect that different people like different hardware/software. But Ballstonian demonstrates the fanboyism that makes a lot of people, including me, think vast numbers of Mac lovers are d-bags.

      Fanboys (and girls) treat Apple propaganda as scripture, and in Ballstonian’s own words, are smug enough to “look down on people with Android” devices.

      Really? You tie that much of your identity to a wireless device? I’m glad I don’t know you, regardless of your computing habits.

      • Stu Pendus

        What he said.

  • Ballstonian

    I was trying to make a technical argument, that you have one company that designs an integrated product hardware/software (Apple), and then a company (Google) who makes great software, but not fully integrated with the various hardware platforms. I think Android users are just as smug thinking because they have a dual-core processor in the phone it’s that much better, and a 4-inch screen. I have two Android tablets in my work for evaluation purposes and they remind me of a PC without a keyboard, maybe I’m biased but I don’t get that feeling with the iPad I own even without the SD card slot, standard USB, etc. I am glad Android exists because it will keep Apple innovating. Until Google starts selling their software packaged with tightly integrated hardware (cough…Motorola Mobile purchase recently) they’ll always be behind in user experience. The device has to have emotional relevance to the consumer or it’s just another PC brick. I’m sure it’ll be a fun competitive market to watch over the next few years. I do find it interesting Windows completely lost the boat on the mobile computing battle…I guess they know there are enough suckers to keep buying their crappy OS.

    • Well, with industrial computing software you have very few products available for the apple platform, so you have to deal with the Microsoft OS as painful as it can be. We used to have VMS on a DEC box, and that was the most stable I’ve worked with. No more….

  • Bob

    I guess I’m just a tool, because I have an old flip phone, and couldn’t care less about Apple or Android or any of the other techno-flavors-of-the-moment. Poor me.

  • Erick

    “If you like Apple products, fine. They are products. They do not have souls. They are not heroes, and neither is their creator, no matter how skilled he may have been. Let’s mourn Steve Jobs as we mourn the passing of any other good man—modestly, privately, and quietly. Those of you whose remembrances have already taken on a quasi-religious tone: seek help.”

    Read on….



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