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A private memorial for Steve Jobs, held Sunday at Stanford Memorial Church, was attended by a long list of notable people, including politicians, actors, musicians and peers of the late Apple co-founder.

Though Apple was "tight-lipped" about the hundreds of people who attended the event, Apple 2.0 obtained some of the names of those who attended. They include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Google CEO Larry Page, and Adobe co-founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke.

Also in attendance was former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who also remains a member of Apple's board of directors. Actor Tim Allen, who plays the character Buzz Lightyear in the "Toy Story" films by Pixar -- a company acquired by Jobs in 1986 and sold to Disney for $7.4 billion in 2006 -- was also present.

Bono, lead singer of the band U2, was there as well. U2 and Apple have been closely tied for years, with songs by the band appearing in Apple's commercials, and a special U2-branded iPod was released by the company in 2004.

Others present included actor Stephen Fry, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, former California first lady Maria Shriver, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, and singer Joan Baez.

News of the memorial for Jobs was first revealed last week. Though Apple was secretive about the event, Apple 2.0 reported that a local news helicopter circled overhead Sunday during the service at Stanford Memorial Church.

Sunday's memorial was an opportunity for a larger number of people to pay their respects to Jobs. A smaller service, featuring family and friends of the late Apple co-founder, was held earlier this month, just a few days after he passed away.



Jobs died on Wednesday, Oct. 5 after a long bout with cancer. He was 56 years old. The list of some memorial attendees follows in alphabetical order:

Tim Allen, actor
Joan Baez, folksinger
Bono, U2 frontman
Bill Campbell, chairman of Intuit
Bill Clinton, former President
Ron Conway, founder of Angel Investors
Tim Cook, Apple CEO
Michael Dell, CEO of Dell
Rahm Emmanuel, mayor of Chicago
Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle
Scott Forstall, Apple senior vice president
Stephen Fry, actor
Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft
Chuck Geschke, Adobe co-founder
Al Gore, former Vice President
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar
Jon Miller, chief technical officer of News Corp.
Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp.
Larry Page, CEO of Google
Maria Shriver, former first lady of California
Larry Sonsini, Silicon Valley attorney
John Warnock, Adobe co-founder
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as much as i like to see so many people attend, gtfo micheal dell. Your obviously there as a publicity stunt. I would not want someone i hate attending my funeral for sure
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as much as i like to see so many people attend, gtfo micheal dell. Your obviously there as a publicity stunt. I would not want someone i hate attending my funeral for sure

Every time I read something like this I get a jolt as I keep blocking out that Steve is gone and I am suddenly forced to recognize the truth.

Re Dell: Is there something we are missing regarding his apparent self injection into all of this? Was he secretly a great friend of Steve and we didn't know? I find it hard to believe the organizers would allow him in without there being some connection beyond self publicity. Or maybe anyone could go.
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Every time I read something like this I get a jolt as I keep blocking out that Steve is gone and I am suddenly forced to recognize the truth.

Re Dell: Is there something we are missing regarding his apparent self injection into all of this? Was he secretly a great friend of Steve and we didn't know? I find it hard to believe the organizers would allow him in without there being some connection beyond self publicity. Or maybe anyone could go.

he can't exactly invite himself....soooo
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I still can't quite believe he's gone...

Rest in peace, Mr Jobs.

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Michael Dell? Rupert Murdoch?? Ugh. I also thought Apple and U2 had a falling-out, and as a result U2 dumped Apple and teamed with CrackBerry instead.
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Many tech website posts, mainly by self-appointed critics, try to minimize the innovations and accomplishments of Jobs and Apple. They try to argue that Steve Jobs didn't really do much of anything. You know, the "tablets were around years before the iPad" talking point. But this partial list of memorial attendees proves otherwise. These people, especially Michael Dell, know that Steve Jobs turned their worlds upside-down and inside-out. He showed many of them, like Bill ("I want Mac!") Gates, the way to do it right.
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Every time I read something like this I get a jolt as I keep blocking out that Steve is gone and I am suddenly forced to recognize the truth.

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I still can't quite believe he's gone...

Big-time ditto. I still struggle with it daily, if not hourly. And this is coming from a Windows guy (and iPhone fanatic).

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Michael Dell? Rupert Murdoch?? Ugh. I also thought Apple and U2 had a falling-out, and as a result U2 dumped Apple and teamed with CrackBerry instead.

Yeah.. that's pretty smug of you. Perhaps you should have an open mind.
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as much as i like to see so many people attend, gtfo micheal dell. Your obviously there as a publicity stunt. I would not want someone i hate attending my funeral for sure

I can not believe that the snake(s) in the grass from Google would have the nerve to show up. It is one thing to compete, but another to pretend to be a friend and then double cross.
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Mostly elitest scum on that list. Shame.
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You do understand the ceremony was invite only, right? So, somebody at Apple invited the guy. I wonder why. Perhaps, Jobs and Dell got along OK. Dell was one of the first people to publicly repay respect to Jobs.

Further, that whole comment where Dell said he would shut Apple down and give the money back to shareholders was 1) taken out of context, and 2) somewhat understandable coming from a competitor and considering Apple's dire financial circumstances.

Finally, competitors who sometimes are friends often times say things publicly in the context of computing, but that doesn't undermine their personal relationship. Haven't you ever heard an opposing team that they might as well not even show up?

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as much as i like to see so many people attend, gtfo micheal dell. Your obviously there as a publicity stunt. I would not want someone i hate attending my funeral for sure
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Mostly elitest scum on that list. Shame.

You wrote what I was thinking.
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Tim Allen, actor
Joan Baez, folksinger
Bono, U2 frontman
Bill Campbell, chairman of Intuit
Bill Clinton, former President
Ron Conway, founder of Angel Investors
Tim Cook, Apple CEO
Michael Dell, CEO of Dell
Rahm Emmanuel, mayor of Chicago
Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle
Scott Forstall, Apple senior vice president
Stephen Fry, actor
Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft
Chuck Geschke, Adobe co-founder
Al Gore, former Vice President
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar
Jon Miller, chief technical officer of News Corp.
Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp.
Larry Page, CEO of Google
Maria Shriver, former first lady of California
Larry Sonsini, Silicon Valley attorney
John Warnock, Adobe co-founder

The biggest whole in this list is Woz, Andy Hertzfeld, Bill Atkinson, Burrell, Capps, etc. the original Mac team. The omission of one or two of these is understandable but to see none of them makes me wonder about this acknowledged "partial" list.
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why are people asking why X person attended?
So what if things were said in public in the spirit of business competition.
Doesnt stop people being friends outside of this and having respect for eachother

Thats whats wrong with most of you these days. No Respect and cant separate aspects of lives.
Just because they compete with eachother healthily in public, doesnt mean that they cant meet for a coffee after and share a laugh

you expect them to be mortal enemies and "hate" eachother. Get a grip. They probably meet and laugh at how they play you fools against each other like a fiddle. I know I would.

ah crap, i'm just cranky because he is gone. ignore me.
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Apple still sells the RED iPod. People might also remember Dell at one time sold Apple's iPod. I am sure that was made possible by Jobs and Dell talking, perhaps even developing a relationship.


People also might not remember but President Clinton and Hillary stayed with Jobs at his home when they attended their daughter's graduation at Stanford.

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Michael Dell? Rupert Murdoch?? Ugh. I also thought Apple and U2 had a falling-out, and as a result U2 dumped Apple and teamed with CrackBerry instead.
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Rupert Murdoch?

Say it ain't so!
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I was just reading one story that said that Page and his Wife were detained and questioned by police because they forgot their invitations.
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Would people get real? Business life isn't like a movie where people hate each other and sit in big domes plotting World domination. Yes firms throw out statements about their competition, some of which can be very personal where a personality is key to the business image.

But outside of work unless there has been some one to one personal affront then people are just people. I go out socially with my competitors and we just don't talk business except for market observations.

That people are 'upset' at who attends this event is actually an insult to Steve Jobs and his family.

Think about it.
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A lot of small minded pettiness going on about who attended the memorial. What are you guys, twelve year old girls? In business, nothing is personal. And even if it gets personal sometimes, you still pay your respects if you're even half way human.
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John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar

He's the Chief Creative Officer of Disney Animation. He brought back the Ink and Paint department.
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Mostly elitest scum on that list. Shame.

So who should have been invited. You?

This is a partial list and they're all people who've had some direct association with Steve. We don't know who else was there.

'Elitist' is now just a word thrown out by those among us who want to get stupid people elected to high office. Who then proceed to protect the interests of the very, very rich. Get a clue. Guess who are the people behind the scenes who fund all these efforts to tar and feather America's so-called 'elites'.
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So is there a video of the event?
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why are people asking why X person attended?
So what if things were said in public in the spirit of business competition.
Doesnt stop people being friends outside of this and having respect for eachother

Thats whats wrong with most of you these days. No Respect and cant separate aspects of lives.
Just because they compete with eachother healthily in public, doesnt mean that they cant meet for a coffee after and share a laugh

you expect them to be mortal enemies and "hate" eachother. Get a grip. They probably meet and laugh at how they play you fools against each other like a fiddle. I know I would.

ah crap, i'm just cranky because he is gone. ignore me.

Well, luckily we have someone like you to point out the errors of our ways.

The reason some names on the invite list raise eyebrows is that these people represent values that so differ from what we see as Apple's values, in terms of style, design, management, business model, and also attitude towards their customer base. In terms of the individuals here I don't think any of us have much of a clue.
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A lot of small minded pettiness going on about who attended the memorial. What are you guys, twelve year old girls? In business, nothing is personal. And even if it gets personal sometimes, you still pay your respects if you're even half way human.

Sound like a scene from the Godfather
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AI left out one especially interesting name from that list:


http://english.chosun.com/site/data/...101700661.html

That doesn't help the Us versus Them mentality prevalent on AI
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I can not believe that the snake(s) in the grass from Google would have the nerve to show up. It is one thing to compete, but another to pretend to be a friend and then double cross.

hey guy...how are you?

I was wondering...do you have any evidence of them pretending to be Steve Job's friend and then double crossing him?

I'll be waiting.
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Well, luckily we have someone like you to point out the errors of our ways.

The reason some names on the invite list raise eyebrows is that these people represent values that so differ from what we see as Apple's values, in terms of style, design, management, business model, and also attitude towards their customer base. In terms of the individuals here I don't think any of us have much of a clue.

Hey guy...how are you?

I was curious, do you have friends? I'm going to assume yes, as I'm going to assume you are a functional social human being.

Now that that is out the way...do you and your friends hold the same views on everything?

I'm going to give you a personal example.

One of my best friends, is a fundamentalist Christian libertarian.

I am a damn near militant atheist liberal.

We get along fine though often we get into very heated arguments.
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I'm going to give you a personal example.

One of my best friends...

One

of my best friends
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and MAYBE, some were there but not on the list?

Maybe some decided NOT to show up, out of RESPECT? It was for Steve, and maybe some choose to not be there, for what they might have thought, was going to be some what of a media circus?

And yes, maybe they were there and just not mentioned yet.

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Every time I read something like this I get a jolt as I keep blocking out that Steve is gone and I am suddenly forced to recognize the truth.

Re Dell: Is there something we are missing regarding his apparent self injection into all of this? Was he secretly a great friend of Steve and we didn't know? I find it hard to believe the organizers would allow him in without there being some connection beyond self publicity. Or maybe anyone could go.

I find it unbelievable that Dell would just show up. Surely he would have been invited by Apple management or the family of Steve.
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That doesn't help the Us versus Them mentality prevalent on AI

Gives many of the members of the 4000 Club the chance to meet and network, btw there are other names for them CFR, Bilderburg, etc depending on which conspiracy theory you like. I prefer to call it the rich most influential networking group. You people actually believe there is competiton in business! interesting dellusion but that's another thread
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You do understand the ceremony was invite only, right? So, somebody at Apple invited the guy. I wonder why. Perhaps, Jobs and Dell got along OK. Dell was one of the first people to publicly repay respect to Jobs.

Further, that whole comment where Dell said he would shut Apple down and give the money back to shareholders was 1) taken out of context, and 2) somewhat understandable coming from a competitor and considering Apple's dire financial circumstances.

Finally, competitors who sometimes are friends often times say things publicly in the context of computing, but that doesn't undermine their personal relationship. Haven't you ever heard an opposing team that they might as well not even show up?

This underscores the importance of remaining skeptical of the many "facts" that we accept truths in the blogosphere purely because we want to believe them and they are repeated so often.
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as much as i like to see so many people attend, gtfo micheal dell. Your obviously there as a publicity stunt. I would not want someone i hate attending my funeral for sure

I doubt that. Rich people tend to have other rich people friends. Even if they are from different companies.
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Every time I read something like this I get a jolt as I keep blocking out that Steve is gone and I am suddenly forced to recognize the truth.

Re Dell: Is there something we are missing regarding his apparent self injection into all of this? Was he secretly a great friend of Steve and we didn't know? I find it hard to believe the organizers would allow him in without there being some connection beyond self publicity. Or maybe anyone could go.

This was an invitation only affair. If Dell was present, he had been invited.
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A lot of small minded pettiness going on about who attended the memorial. What are you guys, twelve year old girls? In business, nothing is personal. And even if it gets personal sometimes, you still pay your respects if you're even half way human.

Exactly.
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Gives many of the members of the 4000 Club the chance to meet and network, btw there are other names for them CFR, Bilderburg, etc depending on which conspiracy theory you like. I prefer to call it the rich most influential networking group. You people actually believe there is competiton in business! interesting dellusion but that's another thread

I think it is richly ironic that you complain and moan about the unseen powers of the world who control your fate, while slavishly buying their products and obsessing over what they will do next.

The reality of things are, I think, a little simpler: in life there are people who do something and people who do not. People who do nothing perceive the abilities and contribuitions of those who do as both a threat and as a form of control, and in a sense that's true: when all you do is live in a world entirely constructed by the work and contributions of others, you really are controlled by them. That doesn't mean controlling your destiny is what they set out to do, however; your lack of control is a symptom of your inaction.
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