Cancer sucks!

October 6, 2011 1:16:42 PM PDT
There's certainly no shortage of words paying tribute to Steve Jobs.

And so I won't take up more of your time talking about how he changed our lives and changed the world with his innovations in computing and music and the telephone.

I'm thinking about Steve Jobs today but it's not so much what he did with Apple and how he made the world of high technology "user friendly."

I'm thinking about a life well-lived, about a man not wasting time, about a man with a vision who made it happen, about a man who made a ton of mistakes and had his own large share of contradictions and character flaws ? but who overcame all that to leave a legacy that means something.

I'm thinking about a man who had everything. Except his health. His estimated $8 billion or so wealth, his marriage, his children, a life so full cut short by a disease he couldn't control or fire or send back to the research department for a new prototype.

Cancer sucks, but the good truth is that many cancers these days can be beaten. The survivability rates are going up.

But pancreatic cancer is one of harshest, and one of the cancers with a survivability rate that isn't going up, at least not much.

And so, yes, there have been tons of well-deserved words of praise for Steve Jobs the remarkable life he led and the remarkable legacy he leaves behind. But the sadness of a life cut short at 56, to me, is overwhelming, and proves, again (as if we needed more proof) that we have to live everyday to the fullest. And dang if that doesn't sound so cliché and trite. But dang if it's not true.

Reaction is still pouring in to the death of Steve Jobs, and we'll have it, tonight at 11.

Perhaps fittingly, tonight we have the story of a man from New York who is capitalizing on Apple's popularity. He's now known as Doctor iPhone- repairing all things Apple. And his business is growing maybe not as fast as Apple's but fast. Tim Fleischer profiles the man for us.

Also at 11, we're in Lower Manhattan again, as the Occupy Wall Street movement grows and finishes its third week. There's no organizational structure, no real mission statement, no real leaders. Just a grassroots movement of people who seem to be saying enough is enough.

With the caveat that their politics are 180 degrees apart, the group has parallels to the Tea Party. Both groups are loosely structured and feature gut reaction and anger to government. They're approaching it from different angles of course. But both believe the country's a mess (most Americans agree) and government's not making things better. In fact, both say, government's making things worse.

That the Occupy Wall Street protests are still happening may say more about "the left's" feeling about Pres. Obama than about Wall Street. These same protestors had much faith in the young President when he was elected, and much disappointment in him nearly 3 years into his term. We'll have the latest on the demonstrations ? and the police department's reaction ? tonight at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his stunningly beautiful AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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