Sad day in America (10/5/2011)

Today the world lost two people who both helped changed the world we lived in today.  Steve Jobs and Fred Shuttlesworth both did amazing things in their own right that changed a generation for the better.  We will probably not see people like this for a long time but they both left behind legacies that future generations will learn and remember forever.  You can say that these two individuals had it in them from God that they knew what they were going to do.

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Late today the world learned that Steve Jobs; the founder of Apple passed away from pancreatic cancer.  Mr. Jobs almost single handily changed the technology world as we know it.  Just about everybody can thank Mr. Jobs for having an affordable computer with internet access almost everywhere.  Mr. Jobs was a creative and visionary genius; many looked up at him as a role model.  He started Apple in his garage and pretty much developed the concept of the personal computer and the mouse.  He helped launch the computer animation craze such as “Toy Story”.  He helped bail out the music industry with the I Pod and I Tunes.  And has changed the way we all communicate and get information with the I Phone and the I Pad.  Mr. Jobs will go down as one of the best innovators in the history of the world.  Cancer took him way too young at age 56 but he got to put his dreams to reality which many people do not get the chance to do.  There is no telling what Mr. Jobs has planned in the Apple pipeline before he passed away.  But you can be sure that Apple has got many great new things in the pipeline that we will all be wanting and Mr Jobs will be looking down at us and smile.  A good thing we can all learn from Mr Jobs is ‎”Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”  One thing that we all can also dream is the cure for cancer.  This is also breast cancer awareness month and no matter what the cancer is.  We can all say f*ck cancer; we wish it went away for good.   A good start would be a donation to the That way we can help to eliminate cancer forever.  I wish good luck to Tim Cook; an Alabama native in the future success of Apple.

Fred Shuttlesworth (1922-2011)

Rev. Shuttlesworth helped end the segregation on Birmingham, AL and the south.  He became a pastor of a local church in Birmingham and had seen first hand the problems segregation had in Alabama.  It was not until a bombing of his own church that put him into action to end the problems in the south.  He believed it was a sign of God that gave him the energy and courage that put him in the front lines to end the racism in the South.  He founded the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights in 1956 which replaced the N.A.A.C.P. which was outlawed in Alabama.  He had his home and church bombed, he was thrown in jail 35 times, he was beaten by a mob, he was sprayed by the city’s fire hoses but he did not give up.  He put his life in risk to help end the segregation in Birmingham.  Bull Connor was the symbol of segregation but it did not stop Mr. Shuttlesworth and the people that put their lives on the line to help end the racism in Birmingham.  His work helped bring down Dr. Martin Luther King and together with help of the news media that showed the entire world the problems going on in Alabama and the south helped Congress pass laws that ended segregation and gave people of all races the right to vote.  It did not matter if Mr. Shuttlesworth lost his life as he said “I tried to get killed in Birmingham and go home to God because I knew it would be better for you in Birmingham.”  Life has changed forever in Alabama and without the help of Mr. Shuttlesworth imagine what life could be in Alabama today.  A good donation would be to the  Which helps tell the story that changed the south forever.

I would like to express our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues of both Steve Jobs and Fred Shuttlesworth.  These two gentlemen both help shape America to what it is today.  It is good that social media has blown up to honor both men today.  We will continue to honor what these people did to help change America.