There’s been so much talk of Steve Jobs as a visionary, it’s hard to remember he was just a man.

Residents of California’s Palo Alto knew him that way.

“Sometimes when he was healthier, I would see him around rollerskating," said neighbour Gordon Reade. He would also see him at Whole Foods, and described him as friendly. “He was a very regular sort of guy."

Reade's mother, Gloria, said she remembered when Jobs moved into his house. The Apple co-founder bought the home for $2 million and then demolished an adjacent house so he could have a garden.

 

Meanwhile, a group of young fans soon began writing messages to Jobs on the sidewalk in front of his home with Sharpies.

Apolline Arnaud and her friend Frida Schaefer Bastian began the trend. Asked why she thought Steve Jobs was so special, the 12-year-old Arnaud said simply, "Because I like Apple products. He changed the world and he's a genius."

"With everything he did, he impacted so many people's lives, and with his thoughts and brains he changed the world,” added Bastian.

“We really [feel] sick for this special person who died,” said Danny Kuo. His daughter, Jasmine Sun, also left a message on the sidewalk.

“I feel odd. I don’t think anyone’s really grieving,” said recent college grad Alice Badger, who went to camp with Jobs' son many years ago and lives nearby. “I think we’re really proud of him.”

Read more at the Cupertino Patch.

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