[GRG] Film: Jobs on DVD

To Members and Friends of the Los Angeles Gerontology Research
Group:The
Hollywood Biopic “Jobs” (2013; Steven Paul Jobs,
Co-Founder of Apple Computer, Inc.) [1]
starring Ashton Kutcher with
Josh Gad
as Co-Founder Steve
Wozniak was just released on DVD, and since Jobs
died of Islet-Cell Pancreatic Cancer in 2011, I was interested to see how
they might treat the topic of someone
with a fatal disease for whom money was no object (Forbes
net-worth in stock = $8.3 billion) and how he might
interact with his doctors.  Sadly, at no time in the film that took
him from [1974 to 2001] did you have a clue that
he was afflicted with anything fatal whatsoever. You might have gotten a
hint from his unusual habit of eating only fruits
and vegetables that he grew in his garden, but it was hard to extrapolate
those unarticulated dots. In other words, the movie
was both too long and too short.  (It was 2 hours 2 min.)  If
it were up to me, I would have deleted many scenes of
dysfunctional family dynamics and taken his life through another ten
years to see what actually happened in more recent
times [2].  His written biography by Walter Isaacson treats Jobs
like a god with no clue as to any bizarre Complimentary
Alternative Medicine (CAM) proclivities [3], but the authors of a
Skeptic Magazine article about him were more forthcoming. I have
only one complaint of a false impression perpetrated by the movie that
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were enemies
to the end.  Indeed, in the early 1990’s, I maintained a demo lab at
JPL that had Mac’s and IBM PC’s, as well as UNIX platforms
of various types (NExT, Sun, HP, etc.) and I quickly learned that Apple
had licensed Microsoft Office to run in a compatible
manner on all platforms, including Excel, Word, and
PowerPoint.  So, if they were enemies who wanted to sue for
theft of
intellectual property or infringement of patents, as portrayed in the
film, what was going on under the covers in the real world? 
The movie
makes a big deal about Jobs’ obsessive/compulsive streak for perfection
in Apple Products, but I thought
that should be a normal trait for everybody who is a manager of a
high-tech enterprise.  In my view, his greatest vision was how
to sell technical products to the public in small packages, but even he
sometimes he made mistakes like the “one-button”
mouse.Jobs’
wife,
Laurene Powell Jobs
now serves on the
Board of Trustees of Stanford University.  I hear that she likes

to keep a low profile and generally stays out of the media
spotlight.  Curiously,
I thought that some of the scenes were shot in a building that I worked
in for many years (Hughes
Aircraft HQ in Marina del Rey when I was a Chief Technologist for CSC,
and not shot at Apple HQ in Northern California.
(It’s one of the most beautiful office buildings I’ve ever seen in my
life.)  Then I saw in the “roll-credits” a 
“thank-you”
reference to Loyola Marymount University (LMU), and then it hit me: 
LUM bought the building from the Hughes Directors.
Howard, who designed the building for himself would turn over in his
grave if he only knew that the Pope of Rome was now
in charge of his wonderful design.
 
Happy New Year,
Steve ColesRefs.:
1.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jobs_%28film%29Directed by
Joshua
Michael Stern, written by Matt Whiteley, and produced by Mark
Hulme.
2. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_jobs [Wiki treats his disease
stage better]3.

Steve Jobs (2011), an authorized biography written by
Walter
Isaacson.
L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder
Los Angeles Gerontology Research GroupURL:
http://www.grg.org
E-mail: scoles@grg.orgE-mail:
scoles@ucla.edu

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