Thursday, October 6, 2011

How 'Bout Them Apples?

Walking in Someone Else's Shoes

Every shoe has tongue,
Every shoe has a heart
And a story to be told.

No matter what they look like
Whether old or new,
They are all quite different
Every single shoe.

Take the time to learn
What they have to say.
A whole different person.
Will be revealed today.

He's a man who changed the world
He has left his mark.
He's being compared to great inventors 
Who brought us out of dark.

He born in San Francisco and was adopted by the Armenian family of Paul and Clara of Mountain View, California.  His birth parents were Abdulfattah John Jandali, a Syrian Muslum immigrant to the U.S. and  Joanne Schieble,  an American graduate student of German ancestry who went on to become a speech language pathologist.

He enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Although he dropped out after only one semester, he continued auditing classes at Reed, while sleeping on the floor in friends' rooms, returning Coke bottles for food money, and getting weekly free meals at the local Hare Krishna temple.

He then traveled to India to visit the Neem Karoli Baba at his Kainchi Ashram with a Reed College friend in search of spiritual enlightenment. He came back a Buddhist with his head shaved and wearing traditional Indian clothing. During this time, he experimented with psychedelics, calling his LSD experiences "one of the two or three most important things [he had] done in [his] life". He later said that people around him who did not share his countercultural roots could not fully relate to his thinking.

He returned to his previous job at Atari and was given the task of creating a circuit board for the game Breakout

He later founded NeXT Computer in 1985 with $7 million.

He also co-founded a large well known company today but was fired for his erratic and temperamental managing skills.

In 1986, he bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm's.The first film produced by the partnership, Toy Story, brought fame and critical acclaim to the studio when it was released in 1995. The company would produce the box-office hits A Bug's Life (1998),Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008), Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010). Finding NemoThe IncrediblesRatatouilleWALL-EUp and Toy Story 3 each received theAcademy Award for Best Animated Feature, an award introduced in 2001.

He later went back to the company he co-founded years before and is now recognized as one of the greatest innovators since Thomas Edison. 

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physicschick said...

I really enjoy your blog! I am going to share your stories with my 9 year old. He's old enough to get it. What a wonderful idea to help others understand another perspective! I've awarded you the Versatile Blogger award. You can stop by my blog later today to "pick it up." Great Job!!

Amber Housey said...

Thank you so much. That means a lot to me. I will head right over. :)

Jessica@FoundtheMarbles said...

What an amazing story he has... Thanks fir sharing it in such a beautiful way.

Elizabeth said...

Hi I am a new follower from Mom Blog Society. This post is beautiful. He was a phenomenal man, and a hero for many. I enjoyed reading some of your posts :)

If you would like to check out my blog and possibly follow back here is my link:

Have a wonderful day!

Amber Housey said...

Thanks for your comments, Jessica and Elizabeth. I appreciate it. He was a pioneer. I wonder what he would have done next. Hopefully he left some notes. :)
I will check out your blog.