The amazing Woz
Yesterday was cousin Ryan's graduation day and Steve Wozniak was the keynote speaker at his ceremony. I knew about the Woz's business accomplishments, I know about his technical accomplishments, but to me he had just been another tech giant in the valley, until I saw the human side of his.
There were literally thousands of students walking across the stage under the California hot sun, and it went on for hours. He wasn't there to the whole time but when he was, he didn't just greet every graduate with a warm smile. He hugged, chit chatted - even after the graduate had walked past him he would still keep talking - and took the time to take pictures with so many, even when the line seemed never ending. One girl, she fumbled with the camera and couldn't figure out how to do it, the Woz took the camera, put it at the right setting, and did it for her.
He's been a living legend for the past 30 years, everywhere he goes, autograph and picture requests follow. How can he still manage to treat every single person who asks for it with such grace and kindness! To me that was just more impressive than anything that had come out of him.