Despite passing away on October 5, aged just 56, it seems Steve Jobs hasn’t quite finished changing the world just yet. He could be about to become the first person to ever receive Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ award after their death, thanks to a nomination from NBC’s Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.
Williams nominated Apple’s co-founder and former CEO during a panel discussion with Time’s managing editor Rick Stengel, and six other panelists from different industries. In his nomination speech, Williams paid tribute to the dent Steve made in our universe:
“One guy, who changed our world, and I said to Seth Meyers as we walked across Sixth Avenue, ‘Just look with me on this one block walk at how he changed the world around us. Look at how he changed the world.’ Not only did he change the world, but he gave us that spirit again that something was possible that you could look at a piece of plastic or glass and move your finger– that’s outlandish. You could make things bigger or smaller like that. ‘Oh the places you’ll go’ and oh the way you will change forever the music and television industries. So may he rest in peace, Steve Jobs, and the spirit he represents, are my nominee for Person of the Year.”
Chef Mario Batali, who was also on the panel, agreed that the world wouldn’t be the same without Steve’s ideas:
“I’m definitely a part of the fact and the belief that smartphones, the cell phone with photographic capability, has changed the world as much as the Bible has.”
Unfortunately, the panel doesn’t have the ultimate say in who will become Time’s Person of the Year — that’s down to the magazine’s editors — but it seems Steve has a strong shot at winning prestigious the award once more.
The winner for this year’s award will be announced in December.
Do you think Steve should win?