Accepting the 2012 President’s Award from the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Steve Jobs, Apple senior manager for state and local government affairs Michael Foulkes briefly touched upon the future “spaceship” campus that Apple has been planning for several months. Foulkes noted that the campus was designed by Steve, and that it would stand as a lasting legacy of both him and Apple in the city of Cupertino, California. Tearing up as he delivered his speech, here is what Foulkes had to say…
“I forgot I was going to see a video of Steve, which is always hard to see. So, thank you Chamber of Commerce for this award. Steve hated awards, especially awards about him so I’m going to be very quick.
We all miss him so much here, but, um, he believed that technology was a mental bicycle and that’s all it was; nothing more, nothing less. It should make each of us be better than we are. He always followed that and the company still follows that, and hopefully will follow it for generations to come.
So Steve lives in all of us. Those who worked with him miss him dearly but he lives in our hearts. All of you who have a device at home or in your pockets, hopefully that is your mental bicycle and make you be a better person than you are.
And finally for all of us in Cupertino, we have a new campus coming forward designed by Steve. Steve designed this campus as a product. You’ll be very excited as it comes to fruition. It’s something that is an engineering marvel that will rival any building on the planet and something that Steve, up till the end made sure was going to be a lasting legacy for Cupertino of Apple. So thank you in Steve’s honor for this award.“