Steve Jobs Tells Stanford Graduates to ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’

Steve Jobs, creator of Apple Computer Inc., advised the 2005 Stanford University graduates to never stop searching for what they love, and to live their life on their own terms.

Jobs, 50, gave the commencement speech to the graduating class today at Stanford University. Although Jobs never graduated college himself, he has become one of the most successful innovators of all time.

Three stories were shared within Jobs’ speech. He began by telling the graduates about how he dropped out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Although he dropped out, he stayed around the college to take classes that were more suited to his interests.

“The minute I dropped out, I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked far more interesting,” Jobs said. “And much of what I stumbled into, by following my curiosity and intuition, turned out to be priceless later on.”

Jobs took a calligraphy class, in which he learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, different spacing between letters and words, and different texts. This knowledge would resurface years later, when the typefaces and spacing would be designed in to Apple Computer Inc.’s Mac.

Jobs referred to this as “connecting the dots”. Something that isn’t practical in the present may become a vital part of the future. It’s all about realizing everything happens for a reason, whether it’s seen at that given moment or not.

“It was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was college, but it was very, very clear looking backwards 10 years later,” Jobs said.

The second story was about love and loss. Jobs started Apple Computer Inc. in his parents’ garage at the age of 20, with his friend Steve Wozniak, who he refers to as simply “Woz.”

After being at Apple for 10 years, Jobs was joined by another executive by the name of John Sculley. At first the two worked well together, but eventually their “visions diverged,” and the board of directors sided with Sculley, who fired Jobs.

Jobs felt like he had let his fellow entrepreneurs down, by being fired the company that he had co-founded. He then realized he still loved working with computers. He created NeXT, a computer company. Jobs also invested in Pixar, which has become one of the most successful film studios. He also married Laurene Powell, in 1991, with who he has four children.

The graduates were told to find what they love, no matter if it applied to their work, or their lovers.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do,” Jobs said.

Jobs advised them to keep looking, and don’t settle until they found what they love and could do great work.

The third story was about death. Jobs told the graduates about his trials with pancreatic cancer, and how death is an important part of life.

“Remembering that you’re going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose,” Jobs said.

He told the graduates to think for themselves, and to not live by what other people think.

“You time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” Jobs said.

Jobs ended his speech by explaining the back cover of a magazine from his childhood, which had the slogan “stay hungry, stay foolish.” He relayed that message to the graduates, in hopes that they follow their intuition, and do what they love.

Martin Guitar Clinic

It can be intimidating to be in a room full of guitar players, especially when one of them is Craig Thatcher.

Thatcher is a guitarist from Pennsylvania, who specializes in playing Martin guitars. He has always loved the Martin brand for a number of reasons.

“You can always pick out a Martin tone, whether it’s in a recording or being played live,” Thatcher said. “Martin’s tone is pervasive, ranging in the entire line from the least expensive, to the D-10 model which is over $100,000.”

Thatcher also mentioned the people who produce the guitars, in the Martin factory which is near his home.

“They’re passionate about their work,” Thatcher said. “It’s more than a job. They take a deep breath when they walk into the factory, because it smells like the inside of the guitar. It’s their passion.”

*A Martin guitar clinic was held February 28 at the Whitehouse of Music in Waukesha, Wisc. Thatcher, along with Martin representative Steve Strong, hosted the event.

Strong has worked with Martin for 16 years. Strong introduced Thatcher to the audience, which consisted of about 50 people.

Throughout the event, Thatcher played blues-inspired music, in both the finger-style and flat-pick styles.

Thatcher played songs in standard tuning (EADGBE), which were more playful and blue-grass inspired. He then used a dropped D tuning, which made the songs sound dark and sorrowful.

Between songs, Strong talked about the various technical aspects of the different Martin guitars available.

Strong discussed the dreadnought design of the guitars, along withscalloped braces, dovetail necks, and hide glued bodies. Although the technical parts could be confusing to a novice guitarist, the sound and tone of a Martin is easy to understand.

“It’s like having an orchestra in your hand,” Strong said. “It really fills up a room.”

As Strong concluded his last part about the technicalities of Martin guitars, Thatcher invited audience member Lee Lorentz, 74, on stage to perform with him. The two performed “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” and Lorentz sang “Kentucky Means Paradise” by Merle Travis.

Afterwards, Lorentz spoke about his love for the guitar, and his long experience with the instrument.

“I’ve been playing since I was 12, and I’ll be 75 in June,” Lorentz said. “I got my first Martin when I was 14. I’ve mentored lots of younger people; when they pick up an instrument, they need to stick with it. Back when I started, we didn’t have the Internet. We only had records and the radio.”

Although we may now have new technology like the Internet, nothing’s better than the classic sound of a Martin guitar.

Kittatiny 2013 Budget Proposal

Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, mayor of Kittatinny, Pa., announced on Monday the proposed budget plan for 2013.

The mayor’s proposed budget includes reducing the city police force from 10 officers to eight, while the police early shift (4 a.m. to noon) will no longer be covered by the police force. The Schuylkill County Sheriff Department will respond to all emergencies in that time frame.

When asked to justify losing two cops, Petykiewicz said he doesn’t want to and can’t justify the loss.

Roman Hruska, chief of police, is not happy about the layoff of two of his officers. Hruska also feels as if the county sheriffs will feel stretched to respond to emergencies not only in the county, but now the city, too.

“Cases will fall through the cracks, and this may put some citizens in danger,” Hruska said. Crimes may not increase, but they will get worse, will great potential for injury and fatality, Hruska said.

Hruska discussed how he would rather write tickets for situations that are warranted, instead of increasing the amount of first offense tickets for traffic and parking violations. In writing citations, Hruska believes that citizens of Kittatinny will not view the police force in a positive light with these proposed changes.

“[They] will view the cops as someone to watch out for, rather than someone who is helping them,” Hruska said.

Bjarne Westhoff, the president of the local police union, believes that the layoff of two officers was done out of spite, personally by the mayor. Westhoff shared that Hruska and Mayor Petykiewicz don’t get along.

“The mayor backed us into a corner,” Westhoff said. “I wish he and the chief would sit down, have a beer, and talk sensibly like grown men.”

Another controversial part of the proposed budget is garbage pickup. In the proposal, garbage pickup will be taken off the tax levy. This will change the garbage pickup spending from $ 186, 988 in 2012 to $0 in 2013.

Weekly pickup will continue, but the charge will be added on to the homeowner’s utility bill, Petykiewicz said. This means a garbage bill of $200 a year will be paid at the homeowner’s expense.

Mayor Petykiewicz expects the Kittatinny City Council to work with him on this proposed budget. The mayor believes that Kittatinny is facing an economic crisis, especially with the closing of Blast Furnace Unit 1 at Susquehanna Steel Corp.

Before the layoffs, 1,600 people were employed at Susquehanna Steel Corp., while now there is only 1,000 people left. This decommissioning took $100 million dollars off of the city’s tax base.

Petykiewicz also stated that all non-union city employees will experience a wage-freeze, including the mayor himself.

“Even with these major changes, we will not have more money for next year,” Petykiewicz said.

If anyone has suggestions for alternatives in the proposed budget, the mayor can be contacted at his office.

The Life of a Marine

Not many people from Jefferson, Wis. can say they rescued refugees from Laos and Vietnam while serving in the United States Marines Corps, but Donald Piek can.

While in the Sea of Thailand aboard a naval ship, Piek and men in his platoon spotted a 20-foot-long fishing boat while 600 miles from land. When the ship got close enough, they saw only two people on the fishing boat. The Lieutenant on the boat gave the two people enough rations of food for themselves.

After a misunderstanding, one of the people aboard the fishing boat removed the scuttle cover, revealing about 20 to 30 people hidden in the boat. When the troops on board realized they were refugees from Laos and Vietnam, they took all the people on the fishing boat to a refugee camp in the Philippines. The refugees were very grateful, Piek said.

Piek enlisted in the Marines in 1978, after graduating from Jefferson High School. He enlisted with a few men he knew from the neighboring towns of Rome and Sullivan.  Coming from a family of 11 children, Piek was happy to arrive at boot camp in San Diego.

“Boot camp was easier than growing up with my mother,” Piek said. “Boot camp was a piece of cake.”

After boot camp, Piek embarked on a “nine month float,” on a naval ship, with his infantry platoon and a large battalion. This trip took him all over the Pacific.

During this trip, Piek visited Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, and Okinawa. During his stay in Okinawa, he swam in the lagoon where Ernie Pyle, a famous World War II journalist, was shot to death.

Piek moved up to be a platoon sergeant by the end of his Marines career in 1982. Piek returned to Jefferson, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

“I was very lucky to serve in the Marine Corps during a peaceful time in history,” Piek said. “I met a lot of good people who ended up being friends.”

The Mac is Back!

I can’t resist talking about all the Fleetwood Mac news that has been floating around the internet lately.

First, I need to start with the North American tour that the band is embarking on. It includes everyone but Christine McVie (which although this is disheartening, I’ve always been more of a Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks songwriting fan) and they should be bringing out all the hits. There’s even talk of performing some songs that they haven’t done in years – such as “Sisters of the Moon” off of Tusk.

Rumours

Second, the re-release of Rumours is something I’ve been anticipating for a while. According to the band’s website,  there is going to be an expanded version, which has unreleased and live versions of the original songs, along with the original album. The deluxe version (which I will be purchasing on the January 29th release date) includes everything in the expanded version, and also something that every devoted Mac fan needs: a DVD of “The Rosebud Film,” which is a 1977 documentary about the band and album. I’ve only seen bits and pieces from the documentary on YouTube, so I’m very,very excited to see a high-quality version on DVD. A vinyl copy of Rumours is also included (which I already own, but it doesn’t hurt to have a second copy).

The last part of news is the 40th anniversary of Buckingham Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks’ album prior to their Fleetwood Mac days. This album is only available on vinyl. My hope is that Mr. Buckingham and Ms. Nicks can come to some agreement about a re-release of this as well, even if it’s just releasing the material via iTunes. The album has great songs on it, and really shows off why Mick Fleetwood asked them to join the band in the first place.

I hope to see Fleetwood Mac on their tour this spring/summer, although there is no Wisconsin date as of right now.