It seems crazy that it’s already been a year since Steve passed away.

Apple.com has a fitting tribute today on their homepage along with a letter from Tim Cook (link goes to AppleInsider, for posterity reasons).

However, all of this reminds me of one final publication that quoted my tiny encounter with the man from years ago. After being interviewed by Cult of Mac, People, Fast Company and a few others, my Steve Jobs story was published in the Japanese magazine AERA. (You know a man is a legend, when even my simple, poorly written story about meeting him would get me international press!?) Nevertheless, I forgot to mention it when it happened, and now seems like a fitting time.

If any of my Japanese followers can read this or have seen a copy of the mag in person, I’d love to hear from you on Twitter.

Otherwise, just remember to be kind to one another and do great things.

I’m honored that my quote was chosen as the introduction to People Magazine‘s Steve Jobs tribute issue: “Farewell to an American Original” (Oct 24, 2011).

“Not long after he announced his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2004, Steve Jobs had a trampoline installed in the backyard of his home in California’s Silicon Valley. While two workers assembled the frame and rigged a net, Jobs stood by and analyzed the trampoline’s design. Even after they were finished and Jobs hopped on for a tryout, he couldn’t help talking about how he would make it better. ‘He was jumping up and down with a big smile on his face, and when he got off, he told us some ways to improve the netting,’ says kc! Bradshaw, who helped with the installation. ‘He was talking about how he’d simplify the structure or hang the net this way. He just really wanted to improve it, like this need to make the best product was in his DNA.'”

Steve Jobs.

As Steve Jobs sadly goes out on medical leave again, I am reminded of a short story I wrote on September 25, 2004. About a simple trampoline installation just a few short days before Steve had returned to work from his first ‘public’ surgery… and how I got to meet him in person.

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Usually Better Than xMas—A Blizzard of Grump Has Landed on San Francisco, via MacWorld’s Last Stand

Today begins MacWorld, the yearly San Francisco show that makes Apple-lovers’ hearts flutter and sends press releases to the far reaches of technology inboxes everywhere. However, instead of rejoicing in the usual announcements and meet-ups, the entire community has a sense of foreboding coursing through the ethernet.

As anyone who’s already headed to Moscone Center rightly knows, this year’s show is likely to be the last. For certain, this will be the last with Apple participating, but without the big fruit there, it is anyone’s guess whether there will be a next year, and even then, if next year will be anything more than a 3rd-party iPod case manufacturer conference.

Whatever happens, you can feel that people are uncomfortable with the change. Rumors get passed around about Steve Jobs’ health, predictions are glibly shot to-and-fro about impending doom, and the rest of us are left not knowing whether to make this one for the record books, or if we should just sulk through the hallways and cry on our MacBooks.

Well, it’s time to embrace the future people!! The second we stop changing, we are dead; so get out there, enjoy this conference in it’s current incarnation, and look forward to being surprised to what pops up in the aftermath. Because, dear friends (and fellow cultists)—just like sitting around a tree full of wrapped presents—it’s better to be surprised at what you don’t know will happen, then to just sit around and compare how this year’s loot rated against last year’s treasures.

So get out your metaphorical snow shovels, and start clearing a path. This year is still going to be as fun as it will be, and there will still be plenty of surprises to unwrap. And whatever goodness Apple has up it’s sleeve, it will just be more exciting… not knowing what to expect!

I’ll see you there.