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Victoria man recalls encounter with Steve Jobs

By ALLISON MILES
Oct. 7, 2011 at 5:07 a.m.
Updated Oct. 8, 2011 at 5:08 a.m.

In a photograph from 1985, Hugh Hanes, left, chats with Steve Jobs alongside a Porsche 944 in Cupertino, Calif. Apple Computer awarded Hanes a one-year lease on the Porsche for selling Apple computers. Hanes said someone brought Jobs the tie to wear for the photos.

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As millions the world over think back on former Apple CEO Steve Jobs in the days after his death, one Crossroads resident recalls a personal encounter with the man.

Hugh Hanes, CFO of Victoria's Computer Command Corp., met Jobs in 1985, during a California awards ceremony. That year, Apple gave away 12 Porsches based on computer sales, one in each of its sales regions across the nation.

Hanes was among the winners.

During his brief encounter with the Apple icon, Hanes said Jobs seemed a down-to-earth, casual man.

"Everyone had on suits and ties, but he came in his normal dress - blue jeans and a white shirt," he recalled. "Someone gave him a tie to wear during the picture taking."

Computer Command served as an Apple dealer in Victoria from about 1980 to the late 1990s, Hanes said, noting he found himself at the same events Jobs attended from time to time, such as new product announcements and the like.

A black-and-white photo of Hanes, Jobs and the shiny white Porsche maintains a permanent home on Computer Command's wall.

Jobs died at age 56 on Wednesday, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Hanes said he was saddened to learn of the passing, but said he thinks Apple will continue moving forward, doing what got the company where it is now.

"We've lost a person who has really been instrumental in many of the technologies we have today," he said. "I think he moved (technology) along faster than it would have moved without him. That's for sure."

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