The world’s a little poorer today with the passing of this era’s Tom Edison.

Steve Jobs hung on as long as he could, guiding Apple through both good and bad times.

Jobs founded Apple in 1976 with his techie buddy Steve Wozniak with the creation of the first viable microcomputer, the Apple I as a hobbyist’s kit.

Apple flourished from the 1970’s through the mid 1980’s.

Jobs changed the landscape once again by creating the first affordable computer with a graphical operating system.

The company was hugely successful until the company hired ex-Pepsi CEO John Sculley to run the company.

Sculley eventually pushed Jobs out the door in the early 1990’s and almost ran Apple into the ground.

While Sculley was on the road to driving Apple into the ground, Jobs founded NeXT which although never went anywhere, NeXT was purchased by Apple and its advanced operating system eventually became the root of today’s OS/X when Jobs took the reins once again.

Once the venerable Macintosh was stabilized in the marketplace, Jobs turned the focus of Apple to simple, marketable consumer products such as the iPod line, once again changing the landscape forever.

Then came the iPhone and iPad, and that’s where yours truly and the Broward School Board enter the picture.

Obviously, that’s (a much larger version of) me standing with Steve Jobs in his office and about to enter discussions about taking textbooks into the digital world.

We didn’t know he was planning the iPad back then, but we suspected he was up to something along those lines.

The district signed onto the digital textbook project that day along with other deals for iPods and laptops for schools.

It was also the discussions that prompted the Broward School district to engage in the Digital Divide program.

For those readers who follow my rants about no bid contracts for CELT, the day this photo was taken was the very same day that Apple’s CIO offered to work with the district to fix the HRMS system for free.

The ultimate legacy of Steve Jobs has yet to be felt.

With the advent of the Macintosh, Laser Printers and low cost networking, Jobs changed the world with desktop publishing and those advances continue today.

Digital textbooks are only now beginning to be accepted in the educational community along with iPad delivery.

I just hope I’m still here in 20 years to see the fruits of those seeds planted six years ago.

And maybe, just maybe, in a truly fitting tribute, the memorial service for Steve Jobs will be delivered from an iPad.