On Being Steve Jobs’s Neighbor

What’s it like to be Steve Jobs’s neighbor? Writing for The Palo Alto Patch, Lisen Stromberg offered her thoughts on just that question, and what made it so enjoyable for us to read was that it had little to do with Steve Jobs, Tech Titan & World Changer™, but rather about Steve Jobs, the neighbor, the parent, and the guy who lives down the street.

Steve Jobs, Neighbor

Steve Jobs, Neighbor

There have been a lot of essays, blog posts, letters, and articles penned about Steve Jobs since he announced last week that he was stepping down as CEO of Apple. Many of those have offered insight on just how it is that he has been able to have such an impact not only on his own company and its customers, but on the direction and decisions made at other companies, too.

This one, however, is a great reminder that Steve Jobs is a father with a family, and a man who is involved with his children’s schools and his neighbors.

“It was at Halloween not long after when I realized he actually knew my name (yes, my name!),” she wrote. “He and his wife put on a darn scary haunted house (to be specific, a haunted garden). He was sitting on the walkway, dressed like Frankenstein. As I walked by with my son, Steve smiled and said, “Hi Lisen.” My son thought I was the coolest mom in town when he realized The Steve Jobs knew me. “

She added, “Thanks for the coolness points, Steve.”

Rather than quoting more of the article, we’d like to encourage you to read it for yourself.