Steve Jobs Named Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person Of 2011
When it comes to end-of-the-year honors, being named Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person isn't exactly Time's Man of the Year-- or even Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of the Year-- but it's definitely a fitting tribute for this year's honoree, Steve Jobs. On her TV special last night Walters chose Jobs as her Most Fascinating Person, after talking about runners-up like Simon Cowell, Pippa Middleton, and even the Kardashian family, who appeared on the show to defend claims that they have no talent-- something they didn't argue with. When it came to Jobs, who was actually the first non-living person to be chosen for the honor, Walters explained (via ABC.com) that he had actually been chosen earlier in the year, long before his October death from pancreatic cancer.
I figured Jobs would have been a great candidate for Person of the Year, actually, but the Fascinating title is almost more fitting. Jobs's most productive years as the founder and CEO of Apple obviously came before this one, when he was fighting against the cancer that took his life and resigned from his position as head of the company mere weeks before his death. But in the days and weeks that followed his passing, Jobs really was one of the most fascinating people to talk about, whether when reading the eulogy his sister Mona Simpson gave at his funeral or simply looking at your iPhone and marveling that one person had come up with it, and he was now gone.
Steve Jobs made an impact on the world long before this year, and his impact will be felt for years if not decades to come. But was there another person you wanted to talk about more? I don't think so. Barbara Walters may do a lot of strange things, but this is one decision she got exactly right.