PBS will take an unflinching, in-depth look at the influences on Steve Jobs’ character and career in the one-hour documentary Steve Jobs – One Last Thing, which is set to premiere Nov. 2 at 10 p.m. ET (check local listings). According to the announcement, the documentary features interviews with, among others: Ronald Wayne, co-founder of Apple with Jobs and Steve Wozniak; Ross Perot, who invested in NeXT Computer when Jobs was running out of money; Walt Mossberg, principal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal, who interviewed Jobs every year from 2003-2010; will.i.am, frontman and producer for The Black Eyed Peas, whose “I Gotta Feeling” currently ranks as the most downloaded iTunes song ever; Dean Hovey, designer of the original mouse for Apple; Robert Cringely, writer and host of the PBS series Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires; Robert Palladino, calligraphy professor at Reed College, whose classes Jobs credited with inspiring his typography design for the Mac; and Bill Fernandez, who introduced Jobs and Wozniak in Sunnyvale, where the three hung out in his father’s garage and tinkered with electronics.
It also includes footage from a never-before-broadcast interview with Jobs in 1994, when he shared his philosophy on life: “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.”
The documentary takes its name from Jobs’ penchant for appearing to reach the end of a presentation, before saying “Oh — one more thing” and revealing his latest design achievement. The film is funded by PBS, Channel 4, and Mentorn International.
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