As the globe mourns the loss of one of the greatest visionaries of our time, some of those closest to him are opening up about the iconic man who changed the way we work, communicate and live.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak appeared on the “Today” show Thursday and offered his reaction to the death of his longtime friend and partner Steve Jobs, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Wednesday night at age 56.
“It’s very difficult for me. We knew he was in poor health. We knew it was coming, so when you expect it … I didn’t get into a lot of crying,” Wozniak told “Today” co-host Ann Curry of getting the news that Jobs had passed away.
“But I just woke up with so many of these memories of the things we did together, and some of them were just normal, fun things you do with people, but looking back, so many of them were so important…so important to the world.”
Of the Apple founders’ partnership, Wozniak explains, “I was the shy, quite guy, and I had my skills, and Steve was there wanting to change the world – it was a perfect marriage, if you will. He always wanted to be involved in a learn-how-to-lead-the-world role.”
“He would come up with ideas that were always better than anyone else’s,” he said of Jobs’ brilliant mind.
And the loss is a monumental one.
“To me, I just felt dumbstruck,” Wozniak said. “I almost couldn’t talk at first because it was like telling me John Lennon got killed.”
“He’s the person who’s set most of the direction of the world more than any other person in existence and it’s very difficult to imagine that huge a loss.”