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Last week an Apple II computer manual signed by Steve Jobs sold at auction for $787,487. It was addressed to Julian Brewer, who was 14 years old and writing code for games on his Apple computer when Steve Jobs showed up at his house one day. Julian asked Jobs to sign the manual and it has become one of the rarest autographs in history. But it was the message that Jobs included with his signature that made it truly rare.
Jobs didn’t sign autographs. There are very few examples. When people asked for his autograph he would say, “I feel weird doing that” or “Everything at Apple is a group effort” or simply “I don’t do autographs.”
The message Steve Jobs inscribed on Julian Brewers computer manual reads: “Your generation is the first to grow up with computers. Go change the world!”
That was written in 1980 and over the past 40 years computers certainly have changed our lives and the world.