Apple's co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs enjoyed projecting his vision through such media as computer software, music and animation. Now, it appears that next year the legendary visionary will be looking out from a U.S. postage stamp.
According to a report in Thursday’s Washington Post, Jobs is part of a list of commemorative stamp subjects planned for the next few years. Although his choice has not yet been officially announced, the newspaper published a secret list that included his name. Jobs died in 2011 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
The list is drawn up in a collaboration between the marketing staff of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and a committee of prominent Americans who have been appointed by the postmaster general for that purpose. For the record, the USPS has noted that its choices are subject to change. While Jobs is shown on the list for release in 2015, the final artwork has not yet been acquired or commissioned.
Joplin, Chamberlain, Lennon
The list published by the Washington Post, which is reported to have come from the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, shows such subjects for this year as singer Janis Joplin, musician Jimi Hendrix, gay activist Harvey Milk and basketball great Wilt Chamberlain. Besides Jobs, other subjects for 2015 include Tonight Show host Johnny Carson, characters from the comic strip Peanuts, singer James Brown and movie star Ingrid Bergman. Though a native of Sweden, Bergman was also an American citizen.
On the tentative 2016 list: George W. Bush, PBS animation star Dora the Explorer, and the current President of the United States Barack Obama. However, Obama’s first name is incorrectly spelled "Barrack," so one expects the list is indeed tentative.
Commemorative postage stamps can be money-makers for the financially challenged USPS, which is also planning to roll out a stamp bearing the likeness of musician/songwriter John Lennon in 2016. The late Beatle would be the first non-American to grace a U.S. postage stamp.
It is likely he might find such an honor to be ironic, since the U.S. government tried during his lifetime to deport him and his wife, ostensibly because of a misdemeanor conviction for marijuana but more because of his anti-Vietnam War protests. Now, instead of sending him abroad, the American government wants him to help send mail.
Action Figure, Statue
Jobsian fans have been clamoring for more recognition for their hero, as if a best-selling biographical book and a biographical movie were not enough in the immediate wake of his passing. Of course, Jobs himself might appreciate the irony that he is now receiving attention for gracing the monetization mechanism for snail mail.
There have been other attempts to honor Jobs’ memory. Early last year, for instance, a Chinese company released a realistic, foot-high Steve Jobs action figure for $99, clothed in his standard uniform of glasses, black turtleneck, jeans and sneakers. In 2011, another Chinese company created a bobble-headed Jobs figure, although Apple quashed that product.
In Hungary, sculptor Erno Toth has made a seven-foot, 440-pound bronze status of Jobs for display in a technology park in Budapest -- wearing the same wire glasses, turtleneck and jeans. The statue was funded by the owner of a Hungarian software company who had been inspired by Jobs.
The real Steve Jobs:
Posted: 2014-02-23 @ 7:33am PT
This article should give you a better understanding of Steve Jobs. He helped revolutionize pop tech and he was also, as it is usually the case w/ people in his position, a nasty hard nosed businessman. http://pando.com/2014/01/23/the-techtopus-how-silicon-valleys-most-celebrated-ceos-conspired-to-drive-down-100000-tech-engineers-wages/
Posted: 2014-02-23 @ 12:12am PT
Steve Jobs, in the name of making more money, sent what would have been thousands of jobs in the USA to a slave sweatshop in China, where nets are attached around factory buildings to prevent workers from committing suicide by jumping to their deaths, as a number have. Must be the excellent working conditions and great wages that they can't handle.
Wherever Steve Jobs is right now, I'll bet its very, very hot.
Posted: 2014-02-22 @ 8:40pm PT
I've seen the list of nominees that includes Steve Jobs, and I must say, there are vastly more deserving candidates.