Turns out Steve Jobs can make even a night at the local municipal complex entertaining.
Check out this incredible video of the Apple CEO tonight unveiling plans to construct a crazy new headquarters building — “it’s a little like a spaceship landed,” he says — in the company’s hometown of Cupertino, Calif.
One building, 12,000 people. Deliberately designed to be like nothing else on the planet.
“I do think we have a shot of building the best office building in the world,” Jobs says. “I really do think architecture students will come here to see this. I think it could be that good.”
From the opening applause to the Q&A session, it feels at times like a Saturday Night Live skit. (Did that councilmember really just joke that Apple might want to ply the city with free wifi?)
Or maybe a Marvel Comics plot. (Surely that thing is about ready to launch into space.)
Or the closing scene in a Hollywood drama, as the hometown boy promises to return that old apricot orchard to its former glory.
But there’s no disputing it’s classic Steve Jobs — his delivery, his demeanor, his pride in the details and his refusal to disrupt the purity of his presentation by using his finger to point at the screen.
All in all, it feels almost historic.