tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC October 5, 2011 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT
and good evening to all of you as we come on the air tonight. we have breaking news, and it is sad news for everyone who saw his genius at work. steve jobs has died at the age of 56. the visionary cofounder of apple computers, whose legacy is imprinted on the very fabric of american life. called the thomas edison of our age. and tonight, we will be telling you how this college dropout revolutionized the world, armed with his imagination and his ambition. and robert iger, the president and chief executive officer of the walt disney company spoke of his friend and colleague tonight, of course, steve jobs the creator of pixar, also on the disney board, and here is what bob said. "far beyond the products he credited or the businesses he built, it will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed and the culture he defined. steve was such an original, with a thoroughly creative imaginative mind that he defined
and era and despite all he accomplished, it feels as if he was just getting started." and now, abc's bill weir remembers the towering legacy of steve jobs. >> reporter: before he put a virtual world at our fingertips -- >> and we call it the ipad. >> reporter: before he turned household tools into objects of desire. >> today, apple is going to reinvent the phone. >> reporter: before he changed the way we are entertained. >> and you can watch it on your ipod. >> reporter: a 20-year-old steve jobs launched a revolution from his parents' garage. with buddy steve wozniak, they set out to move the power of the computer from the laboratory to your lap. >> the penalty for failure, for going and trying to start a company in this valley is nonexistent. >> reporter: and his brimming confidence was validated when they launched the macintosh. >> we worked hard, and in ten years, apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a
$2 billion company with over 4,000 employees. >> reporter: but the '80s brought a power struggle from apple's board, and jobs was soon fired from the company he founded. >> and so at 30, i was out. and very publicly out. what had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone. and it was devastating. >> reporter: but he did not wallow. and in his 30s, he met his wife, started another computer company called next and took over pixar, changing animation forever. >> my name is woody and this is andy's room. >> reporter: in '96, apple bought next and soon jobs was back in charge, leading a digital renaissance. after his return, apple stock soared more than 7,000%, turning that garage startup into one of the most valuable companies in history. and in a valley of geniuses, his myth grew into thomas edison meets willy wonka. building anticipation for invention, shrouded in secrecy. >> are you using that as your phone? >> i haven't been able to. i can't take it out in public. >> reporter: while keeping his
life fiercely under wraps. not even the board knew of his pancreatic cancer. >> i just wanted to mention this. >> reporter: and he didn't reveal he had a liver transplant until after the procedure. >> i now have the liver of a mid-20s person. who died in a car crash. >> reporter: through life, while his body grew frail, that mind, that drive, never quit. a standing ovation welcomed his surprise appearance at the spring launch of the ipad 2. but then came this letter in august -- "i've always said if there ever came a day when i could no longer meet my duties, i would be the first to let you know," he wrote. "unfortunately that day has come." he was a man who peered into the futuring, seeing how we would work and play, 20 years before we could hold the proof. >> everything will be port can. people want large color screens they can put photographs on. people want motion video. >> reporter: and when the body began to fail, he was driven
anew, by the clock and that burning need to build something great. >> remembering that i'll be dead soon is the most important tool i've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. because almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death. leaving only what is truly important. >> reporter: bill weir, abc news, new york. >> and now i want to bring in abc's nall karlinsky who is in seattle tonight, and tell us what have learned at this moment, neal. >> reporter: diane, i spoke with apple cofounder steve wozniak just a short time ago on the phone. he is stunned and shocked. apple employees i've been on the phone with, though they knew this day was coming, absolutely devastated. they shared with me a statement from steve jobs' family, it reads in part, "steve died peacefully today, surrounded by his family. steve was known as a visionary. in his private life, he cherished his family."
he had a wife and four kids and even though we all knew he was sick, it's absolutely devastating to everyone who knew him. >> all right, neal, our thanks to you. and of course his was a radiant mind, a beautiful mind to be sure. and he didn't speak often, but when he did, it was powerful. here, now, steve jobs in his own words. >> i never graduated from college. and -- this is the closest i've ever gotten to a college graduation. i knee yooefly chose a college that was almost as expensive as stanford. and all of my working class parents savings were being spent on my college tuition. so, i decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out okay. when i was 17, i read a quote that went something like, "if you live each day as if it was your last, some day you'll most certainly be right." i looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself if today were the last day of my life, would i want to do what i
am about to do today? and when the answer has been no, for too many days in a row, i know i need to change something. remembering that you are going to die is the best way i know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. you are already naked. there is no reason not to follow your heart. >> a few years ago you gave a chemical rafting speech to stanford. now, a few years later, a couple years wiser, would you add anything else to that speech you gave a couple years ago? >> probably, i would just turn up the volume on it because the last few years have reminded me that life is fragile. >> and steve jobs, who saw way beyond the horizon, has died and some of the fire in the universe has dimmed. he was 56. and now, we turn to the other news of the day and the biggest moment so far in the michael jackson trial. the tapes are rolling tonight in
a california courtroom, the door has been opening on the hidden world of michael jackson. and we hear for the first time how his closest friends warned something new and different was wrong with him. how they begged his personal physician, dr. conrad murray, to take action. and we now know the grave anxiety hu anxiety haunting the superstar. abc's jim avila is covering every twist in the case and is reporting from the courtroom again tonight. >> reporter: for the jackson family, today, randy, rebe and jermaine, it must have been a difficult day. the courtroom, filled with two voices from the grave. michael jackson's own and that of his business manager. prosecutors unwrapping dr. conrad murray's iphone to play them both, first, an explicit warning no one had heard before, from frank dileo, who saw michael jackson just five days before he died and was alarmed enough to call dr. murray and leave this voicemail. >> i'm sure you're aware, he had an episode last night.
♪ see that girl >> reporter: jackson had missed rehearsal, out of it, and everyone around him thought the show might have to be canceled. drug use is suspected. >> he's sick. i think you need to get a blood test on him today. we got to see what he's doing. >> reporter: michael's last days revealed for all the world to see. something the family must have known about, his aliases, omar arnold and paul farance, to hide medical records that provide a laundry list of ailments from insomnia to head cold. and medications from a psoriasis ointment to skin bleaching cream to robitussin. and then, a secret tape that visibly pained his brothers and sister to hear. michael jackson's own words, six weeks before he died, comparing the despair of his own family life to those of sick and depressed children. >> i love them because i never had a childhood. i had no childhood. i feel their pain. i feel their hurt.
i hurt, you know? i hurt. >> reporter: and then, a drug addled michael jackson can say no more. >> you okay? >> i am asleep. >> reporter: today's testimony, another reminder that while its the conrad murray manslaughter trial, it's michael jackson's life that remains under the microscope. diane? >> thank you so much, jim avila reporting in again from california tonight. and now, we turn to the news just in, your voice, your vote. and sarah palin has confirmed she will not run for president. the field is taking shape, but there's a surprise candidate, herman cain, the ceo of a successful pizza company, is now running neck and neck with front-runner mitt romney. but first, let's get that news on sarah palin from abc's jake tapper. what is she saying? >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, just a few minutes ago, i got an e-mail from todd palin,
sarah's husband, with her announcement, saying, after much prayer and serious consideration, she will not be seeking the republican nomination for president. she says, as always, my family comes first and obviously todd and i put great consideration into family life before making this decision. so, diane, that means that the republican field appears settled. and mitt romney will try to take advantage of this, but he better watch out. there's an insurgent candidate nipping at his heels, a businessman who has never before held elected office. after releasing her statement, sarah palin called into the mark levin radio show and said her family is behind her decision. >> they do support this decision. they came first. the consideration of what a conditi candidacy does to or for a family, that weighed heavily. >> reporter: that final shoe having dropped, the republican field now appears settled. and there's a new top tier candidate, businessman herman cain, who scoop swooped into fl today. >> love y'all. >> we love you, too. >> reporter: where he insisted he's no flash in the pan.
>> unlike some of the other flavors of the week, i am haagen-dazs' black walnut with substance. >> reporter: cain's shoot from the lip style has made him a darling with conservatives looking for an ideological and combative soul mate. contrast these two responses to the occupy wall street protests. here's front-runner mitt romney. >> i'm just trying to get myself to occupy the white house. >> reporter: and here's cain. >> don't blame wall street. don't blame the big banks. if you don't have a job and you have not rich, blame yourself. >> god bless you. >> thank you. i appreciate it. >> reporter: they turned out in droves today in florida, where cain recently won a republican straw poll and where today, he hawked his new book, "this is herman cain." raised in rural georgia to humble beginnings, cain, after a stint with the navy, became a businessman. he served as president and ceo of godfather's pizza for ten years. now in one poll he's died for first with romney. in two others, he's tied for second. >> and jake tapper bringing us
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home at 4:00 a.m., after working an overnight job as an electrician, the baby had vanished. police launched a massive search and intensively questioned the parents who, at this point, they say are not suspects. in fact, police have been forced to repeatedly admit they have no suspects, no leads, no idea where the adorable, blue-eyed lisa irwin might be. i imagine that's incredibly frustrating. >> it is. it is. >> reporter: according to the national center for missing and exploited children, since 1983, there have been 278 documented cases of abducted babies. typically taken by women who want or have just lost a child. the good news, in all but 12 of these cases, the children have been returned safely. which is what lisa irwin's parents say they are praying for tonight. dan harris, abc news, kansas city. >> and dan will have more of his reporting on this story later on "nightline."
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finally tonight, a young war widow pleads to all of us to help. how, with something we all recognize can happen, but it means the world to her. abc's john donvan tells us about her husband's wedding ring. >> reporter: can you help find this? a wedding ring. lost on saturday by one kimberly vaughan. here's why it matters. kimberly and her husband aaron, a navy s.e.a.l., had a ritual with that ring. it was his, actually. but since their wedding day, whenever he went off to war, he would always leave it behind with her, to stay connected and to send a message to the universe that, of course, he would be coming back for it. except, this past august, aaron died in afghanistan. and soon afterward, when we talked with kimberly, we noticed that ring had become something else. >> i'm just afraid i'm going to forget what he smells like, what he feels like.
i'm sorry. >> reporter: something she could hold onto. except, this past saturday, she lost the ring itself, somewhere along this route. 8:00 a.m., she leaves the super 8 hotel in deer park, texas, still wearing the ring, she believes, and drives to bush international airport in houston. she stops at thrifty car rental to drop off a vehicle. then boards through gate a-19, us airways flight 1864 to sit in seat 18-e. she goes to charlotte, north carolina, where she makes a quick stop at tcby, visits the women's room, then goes through gate c-13 for us air flight 1327 to washington, d.c. sitting in seat 10-a, she realizes the ring is missing. a flight attendant literally dismantled that seat when she heard the story, but no ring was found. kimberly has set up a facebook page, looking for help in getting the ring back. thousands offering prayers. one person promising $1,000 to
whoever finds it. and from san diego, a jeweler, named jack zemer, offering, "we will make you a new ring." quite a gesture, although really, the point of the old ring was, it's the old ring. and if you happen to come across it, well, that will give this story a better ending, lost and found. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> and we know one of you is going to find it. and before we leave you, we want to review our top story. steve jobs, the american genius, has died at the age of 56, the visionary cofounder of apple computers. his legacy imprinted on the fabric of american life. and around the globe, we are told there are span tan use gatherings tonight outside apple stores all around this planet. he battled pancreatic cancer for eight years and stepped down from the helm of apple computers just over one month ago. steve jobs, 56. more, of course, on abcnews.com. tonight on "nightline."
and to all of you, good night. breaking news. the death of steve jobs whose genius left a permanent mark on the world. >> we're rif in a neighborhood under siege tonight. the gunman responsible for three deaths in a cement plant. >> good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> the man who changed the world in terms of computer technology is dead tonight. >> you've heard apple's co-founder steve jobs was 56 years old, battling cancer since 2004 and had a liver transplant two years ago. apple released a statement
saying apple lost a visionary and creative genius. the world lost an mazing human being. steve jobs leaves behind a company only cohave built. and his spirit will be the apple. abc 7's alan wong is live tonight to begin our coverage. allen? >> reporter: the flags here at apple headquarters dropped to half staff about an hour and a half ago after the news was released. employees told me they found out around the same time. one person described the mood as muted. jobs family saying steve died peacefully surround bid his family in, public life he was known as a visionary. in his private life, he cherished his family, we're thankful for those who have shared wishes and prayers. a web site will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.