Disclaimer: my first Apple product was an Apple II plus in 1980. It revolutionized how my dissertation could be written and printed, even though it was not initially accepted by the Dean at Columbia University because it wasn't type-written.
But, I internalized what Steve Jobs said to us and created a work environment that didn't follow crowds, but created an atmosphere of equality, congeniality and respect for the contributions of each employee. And to ensure that these contributions were maximized, I developed the environment around Macs to enhance productivity at a time when many were saying that Apple would soon be bankrupt. But, following my gut and perhaps Steve's vision, the decision paid off in terms of a reduced learning curve, ease of use and productivity.
So, I walked down Broadway tonight to acknowledge the appreciation I feel toward someone who encouraged me to think differently. TV camera reporters wanted me to explain why I had left flowers, but this inner feeling is not something that can be captured in 10-20 second sound/video bites, so I declined. Like that horrible night when we walked to Strawberry Fields in disbelief, tonight was a time for reflection.