Last week, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was posthumously named to the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame. The event got some nice attention, and there was a very lovely acceptance by Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue. Warm smiles all around.
Except that...gee, I don't know. The first thing that came to my mind was -- Now??? You're electing him now? You mean he wasn't in the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame already?!! What were you waiting for? Apple to come up with, I don't know, a cool computer in a phone, or maybe a computer that's the size of small cutting board? Or maybe develop the first personal computer? Now, all that would be impressive, and well-deserving.
Mind you, this wasn't the United States Hall of Fame -- for which Jobs would have been well-deserving years ago. It's not even the California Hall of Fame. Or even the Bay Area Hall of Fame. It's a subset of that. It's the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame. What? Were the walls of their building full of people who make sourdough bread, and they didn't have the room for Steve Jobs until the could build a new wing?
Maybe they have stringent rules to get into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame. But if so, to not have yet elected Steve Jobs, they'd have to be SO incredibly stringent that no one would yet be a member. Okay, sorry, two people -- Levi Strauss and Leland Stanford. But after that, it would be a long wait until you got to Steve Jobs.
Then again, maybe they have a rule that a person has to have died before they're eligible. I doubt it, it would be a stupid rule, but maybe. Except...Steve Jobs died two years ago! It couldn't have taken the Bay Area Business folks two years to decide whether the late Steve Jobs was deserving for their Hall of Fame.
The only thing I can think of is that the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame was wired with Windows PC's, and they thought it would be too awkward to have Steve Jobs enshrined there. But now, after two years since his passing, they just figured he wouldn't notice.
I don't know. There might be some perfectly good reason why Steve Jobs wasn't named to the vaunted Bay Area Business Hall of Fame until two years after he died. Or until 3-1/2 years after the first iPad was released. Or 6-1/2 years after the iPhone hit the market. Or 37 years after Apple started.
Maybe they were just waiting to see what Steve Jobs would come up with next, and -- knowing that this was Steve Jobs -- didn't think they should let him dying get in the way with that.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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