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PBS will air an hour-long documentary about Apple’s iconic co-founder called Steve Jobs — One Last Thing on Nov. 2. The documentary will feature interviews with colleagues, professional and personal associates, many of whom appear in the new Walter Isaacson biography of Jobs.

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PBS will air an hour-long documentary about Apple’s iconic co-founder called Steve Jobs — One Last Thing on Nov. 2 at 10 p.m. EDT. The documentary will feature interviews with colleagues, professional and personal associates, many of whom appear in the new Walter Isaacson biography of Jobs.

The aim of One Last Thing, according to PBS, is to try to answer the question of why Jobs was such a great innovator in the business and technology fields. In pursing that answer, the doc will feature interviews with figures from Jobs’ youth, including Bill Fernandez, who introduced Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Robert Palladino, who taught the calligraphy class at Reed College that would later inspire Jobs to add multiple fonts to the first Mac.

Other interview subjects include Dean Hovey, who designed the original Apple mouse after Jobs requested he do so upon seeing a much more expensive and complicated version at Xerox’s PARC labs; Ross Perot, who was a key investor in NeXT when there were precious few other funding options; and Wozniak himself, the more technically minded of Apple’s co-founders.

Finally, PBS promises to include a never-before-broadcast Steve Jobs interview from 1994, which includes the following quote:

You tend to get told that the world is the way it is, but life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact; and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you … Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

If you haven’t or aren’t planning to read the biography, and you don’t want to wait for the (potentially Aaron Sorkin-penned) movie based on the same, or even if you’re just curious, the PBS doc should be a good look at Jobs life through people who actually knew and worked with him.

  1. Andrew MacDonald Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Well I hope it is better than the one Mythbusters Jamie and Adam aired. I was disappointed by the depth of their story-telling of Jobs’ life, and some of the things they glossed over or missed out.

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