Virgin America has paid tribute to Apple’s co-founder and former CEO by naming one if its jets with a popular quote from Steve Jobs. In large red letters on the side of one of its Airbus A320 planes it reads, “stay hungry, stay foolish.”
The quote is taken from a famous commencement address given to students at Stanford University back in 2005, though it was originally used in The Whole Earth Catalog in the 1970s. The address has been covered a lot since Jobs passed away back in October 2010, but here’s a few paragraphs from it for those who may not have seen or heard it before:
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960′s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
A Virgin America spokesperson revealed to MacRumors that the name was chosen as part of an internal competition. The “N845VA” plane first took flight last Fall.
Is this not one of the best tributes to Steve Jobs you’ve seen?