PBS to premiere 'Steve Jobs - One Last Thing' doc on Nov. 2 -- EXCLUSIVE


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PBS will take an unflinching, in-depth look at the influences on Steve Jobs’ character and career in the one-hour documentary Steve Jobs — One Last Thing, which is set to premiere Nov. 2 at 10 p.m. ET (check local listings). According to the announcement, the documentary features interviews with, among others: Ronald Wayne, co-founder of Apple with Jobs and Steve Wozniak; Ross Perot, who invested in NeXT Computer when Jobs was running out of money; Walt Mossberg, principal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal, who interviewed Jobs every year from 2003-2010; will.i.am, frontman and producer for The Black Eyed Peas, whose “I Gotta Feeling” currently ranks as the most downloaded iTunes song ever; Dean Hovey, designer of the original mouse for Apple; Robert Cringely, writer and host of the PBS series Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires; Robert Palladino, calligraphy professor at Reed College, whose classes Jobs credited with inspiring his typography design for the Mac; and Bill Fernandez, who introduced Jobs and Wozniak in Sunnyvale, where the three hung out in his father’s garage and tinkered with electronics.

It also includes footage from a never-before-broadcast interview with Jobs in 1994, when he shared his philosophy on life: “You tend to get told that the world is the way it is, but life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact; and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you … Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

The documentary takes its name from Jobs’ penchant for appearing to reach the end of a presentation, before saying “Oh — one more thing” and revealing his latest design achievement. The film is funded by PBS, Channel 4, and Mentorn International.

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  • CJ

    It wouldn’t bother me if they had flinched a little.

  • enzoiscool

    TNT actually ran a rerun of the TV Movie “Pirates of Silicon Valley” a day after Steve Jobs. died. It is a good movie but did not show Jobs in a good light at all – kind of like running “Mommie Dearest” the night Joan Crawford died. It covered the temper tantrums, the meanness, his daughter out of wedlock, etc. It was also a movie about Bill Gates. So, it shows all of these things about Jobs and the worst thing about Gates is that he went over the speed limit. Noah Wyle did a good job as Jobs – my only problem was that it “ends” with Microsoft taking over part of “Apple”. If TNT wanted to show it, they should have provided an update and showed that he finally did acknowledge his daughter and invented I-EVERYTHING while Bill and Melinda Gates went on to attend a lot of Charity events. I find this man fascinating and already ordered the book – hope the PBS docu will cover everything.

  • Christopher Beaver

    Hey, Mandi . . . how about some idea who made the movie, you know, directed, produced, wrote – the same way you have your name on your article?


  • Auth

    PaulYou are being rather brzeey and selective here. It reads like the mirror image of the way Fr Z argues. Maybe that was your purpose.For example, we are not limited to the Patristic age’s concepts of posture. Kneeling is not only capable of being read as self-abasement, or as a posture of feudal fealty, but it also, very importantly, is a gesture of openness to loving service (a connotation it attained in western culture during the same period it acquired the other connotation of feudal fealty). Interestingly, that is the very connotation Jesus gave it at the Last Supper. In the USA, kneeling has never had the connotation of feudal fealty, so that’s not an issue for us, while it might be more mixed matter for you in the UK ..I think turning standing vs kneeling into an issue of Who’s Better is no less a problem under your mode of argument than it is under Fr Z’s both modes are, in the end, selective and opportunistic rationalizations to promote a specific brand of allegiance to a specific vision. Also, the issue of germs and the common cup: the studies that have been done have been done regarding bacteria, not viruses (which are not the same in terms of durability). Where I live, the issue has largely come about because of influenza, not AIDS, though sensitivity to the immuno-suppressed (first cancer, then AIDS) preceded this by a generation. And we should remember that intinction is widely practiced in other Christian communions, so while we might well argue it has never been a dominant practice in the Roman rite, we would do well to avoid polemic against it.Et cet.

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