Many of us don't want to let Steve Jobs go, even though we know he is gone. For some of us, the reality of his death three weeks ago hasn't completely set in. If you've already read Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs, just released Monday, PBS promises fresh material about the Apple co-founder in "Steve Jobs — One Last Thing," a documentary that will air Nov. 2.
The program will take an "unflinching look at Jobs’s difficult, controlling disposition, and offers unique insights into what made him tick," PBS says.
"While there has been near-universal agreement that Steve Jobs was a great innovator in business and technology, 'One Last Thing' looks into why he was so great. What were the influences that shaped his character? What drove him from such humble beginnings to the heights of success?"
PBS said the documentary will include a "a never-before-broadcast interview" from 1994 where Jobs "expounds on his philosophy of life:"
You tend to get told that the world is the way it is, but life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact; and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you … Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
Among those interviewed for the program: Ronald Wayne, co-founder of Apple with Jobs and Steve Wozniak; Ross Perot; Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal principal technology columnist; Dean Hovey, who designed the first mouse for Apple; Bill Fernandez, who introduced Jobs and Wozniak; and Robert Palladino, calligraphy professor at Reed College, "whose classes Jobs credited with inspiring his typography design for the Mac," PBS said.
"One last thing" alludes to what Jobs would say at the end of product announcements, where he usually left the best and most important news for last, saying "And... one more thing ..."
The documentary is a production by Pioneer Productions for Channel 4 (UK) and PBS, with the funding from PBS, Channel 4 and Mentorn International. It will air 10 to 11 p.m. ET on Nov. 2; check your local listings to be sure.
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