Thursday, October 6, 2011

THYME Magazine

Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor

Volume III, Issue XC

The Passing of a Modern Day Edison

Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56. The 'other' weekly news magazine joins us in honoring the founder of Apple. Many will write today about the man's amazing ability to see into the future and apply technology in new and meaningful ways. Perhaps the greatest thing to celebrate and contemplate is the unique climate of inventiveness that is so much a part of American life.

I have friends who invent products like Rider's Rasp and Paddock Patch. Therefore, in my work I encounter many people who work in the realm of ideas. Some have called the creation of ideas the 'greatest American resource.' Indeed, as we look to the future, might we see young minds rise to the challenges before us? I believe we have yet to see the greatest work of the wunderkind who are among us. I have two friends who are building electric vehicles.

Being in the business of communicating ideas gives you a unique perspective on the creative experience. I think of the time in the Nineteenth Century when it was suggested that the government close the Patent Office because: "everything that is going to be invented has already been invented!" Good thing we didn't heed that advice too seriously!

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