“For those of you too young to remember Ali as the most famous person in the world, let me tell you about the one time I saw him in person. I was at Ben Rosen / Esther Dyson's PC conference in Palm Springs, California; January 1983, I think. Ali was attending a fighter's training camp at the same hotel. We were walking to some event outside. I was next to Steve Jobs and maybe Bill Gates was there. Ali walked down the street. I just remember how we all stopped to watch, mouths open, even Steve. I remember how well he carried himself and his tailored clothes. It made our industry seem small -- here were our top people and all we could do was stand and stare as ‘the Greatest’ walked by oblivious to us and our industry.”
Mouths open, even Steve.
(UPDATE: There's no photo of the encounter -- or photo of Jobs and Ali together that I could find -- but here's the next best thing.)
(UPDATE, June 5: Apple has devoted its homepage to a tribute to Ali.
It reads: Muhammad Ali … 1942-2016 … “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” Here's a screen shot.
Coincidentally, the homepage picture of Ali appears to be the same one from Getty Images that I linked to above, only there you see Jobs standing beneath the photo of Ali in an Apple Store genius bar.)
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