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A MOST GRAND AND EXCELLENT GOOGLE SEARCH–A POSTSCRIPT

img_1729-1Sometime during the afternoon of my visit to his home along the Sandy River, Father Palladino asked if I knew he’d been in a movie.

After his other startling revelations, this was just one more teaser.

Well, he qualified, his name had been in a movie.

While teaching calligraphy at Reed College, he said, he’d had a student in one of his classes–a young man who’d subsequently dropped out, though not before he’d returned for a second term studying and practicing the craft.

It was clear he wanted me to ask who the student was, and I did.

Steve Jobs, he replied.

Steve Jobs?  Studying calligraphy?

Father Palladino did not philosophize about the matter with me then and there, though he’d likely often done so with others.  He left me to wonder alone what it was about Steve Jobs, the great technological innovator of global consequence, which drew him to calligraphy–and not for just one college term but two.

It seemed to me this must provide a window in to the mind and motivation of the man, the titan.  Was it as simple as the elegance of the artform?

How would elegance fit into a mind of ‘1’s and ‘0’s, of endless programming sequences, of imagining vast changes in learning, language, scientific problem solving, social interaction and yes, dollars and cents?

I’ve often heard the term used to describe particularly smooth and straightforward solutions to computer programming tasks.  And when Apple introduced its first “iMac” home computer, its new, sleek visual design seemed almost as groundbreaking as its technological capabilities.

Beyond just wonderment, though, it’s satisfying to know that somewhere in Steve Job’s mind, artistry and beauty played a part in what he valued and the way he saw the world.

The movie, called Jobs, was released in 2013.

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