Charming Steve Jobs letter to a young student: "A lot of us didn't get started on electronics until we were much older than you are now, so you're off to quite a good start"
TLS signed "steve jobs," one page, 7.25 x 10.5, Apple Computer letterhead, November 30, 1983. Letter to Scott Rossignol, a young student who wrote to Jobs as part of a school project. In full: "Thanks for your letter; it's really great to hear from people who are as excited about our products as we are. It sounds like you've got some great ideas already… a lot of us didn't get started on electronics until we were much older than you are now, so you're off to quite a good start. I'm afraid I don't have any pictures to autograph; I hope this letter is sufficient." In very fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.
A notoriously difficult signer, Steve Jobs routinely declined most requests—whether in person or through the mail, he very rarely satisfied the appeals of autograph seekers. In this letter, he takes the time to encourage a young electronics enthusiast who had written with compliments on his Apple products and a request for a signed photograph. While Jobs declines to send a picture, he closes the letter with a fine, bold example of his distinctive lowercase signature.
The consignor recalls: 'Back in 1983, while attending Wisdom Junior/Senior High School in the very small town of St. Agatha, Maine, our 7th grade teacher Mr. Morin had a special project for the class: Write to someone famous and see if we could get them to send us an autographed picture.
Some of my classmates choose actors. Some chose athletes. I chose Steve Jobs. My letter expressed my interest in the Apple computers that we had in our computer lab as well as my excitement for the newer models Apple was releasing. I told him of my interest in computers and electronics and was likely to go into that field as I had a few ideas of my own.
I was surprised to receive a response from him, but more surprised at the personal tone of the letter. I have managed to hold on to that letter for close to 40 years. It has been with me after many, many moves and I've never lost track of it. I recently reached to out to my fellow classmates to see if they remembered this project and to see if any of them had received anything from any of the people they had written to. Most remembered the project, but as far as I know, none had received anything back.'
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