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There’s magic in the air

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Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 3:00 am

Did you see this week’s full moon? It looked so magical over the mountains before the sun rose Tuesday morning. It reminded me of how much magic exists in our lives and how important it is to appreciate it.

Take Jay Knapp, for example. The Oro Valley resident gives life to magic, literally, as he visits sick children at Tucson Medical Center on Fridays and brings cheer to these ailing youngsters. You can read about him on the front page of today’s paper.

There is also magic in the ability to create. In that case, no one was more magical than the late Steve Jobs. The world lost a dreamer, an inventor and, yes, a genius when the Apple co-founder passed away Oct. 5 at the age of 56 as a result of respiratory arrest caused by a pancreatic tumor.

Much has been said about Jobs and how his magical innovations touched nearly everyone in the world. I know he impacted my life for the better in 1984 with the Macintosh desktop computer. My newspaper had ordered one for each of us reporters, and I vividly remember staring at it one night, tears in my eyes, because I couldn’t figure it out.

“The machines are in control,” I lamented, as I packed up and went home.

The next morning, however, I sat back down in front of the tiny screen, and work as I knew it changed. Everything fell into place. Operating this thing was easy. I couldn’t figure out why I had so much trouble the night before, but that didn’t matter. Suddenly I was a desktop publishing pro. Cut and paste. Ooooh… now that was a great thing.

The early images of that model show the word “hello” on the monitor. The most recent images honor Jobs’ memory with a simple “goodbye” on the screen. The sweetness of that gesture still brings a lump to my throat.

Or maybe it’s the reminder that the man who created so much magic in our lives is gone. We’re lucky that his creations and technology live on.

— Wendy Miller

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