“Boscutti’s Steve Jobs” Scene 73

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Snow is falling. Inside the Solarium Room of this historic, grand hotel, Steve Jobs and Laurene Powell are marrying each other.

Jobs, 35, wears a tuxedo, crisp white shirt and trim black bow tie. Powell, 27, wears a classic white wedding dress. She looks effortlessly beautiful. Her strawberry blonde hair flows past her shoulders. She holds a spray of white roses.

Incense smoke wisps past. A gong sounds.

Job’s zen mentor, Roshi Kobun Chino Otogawa, is officiating the wedding according to Soto Zen ritual. Otogawa is Jobs’ spiritual father. Jobs had become a disciple of zen Buddhism a decade earlier. It was Otogawa who told Jobs he will find his zen in dedicating his life to what gives him the most happiness. It was Otogawa who told Jobs to pursue business with passion.

CLOSE FRIENDS and FAMILY are gathered for the ceremony. Otogawa strikes the gong again.

Jobs and Powell are deeply in love. They had met two years earlier at Stanford University when Jobs delivered a lecture to the business faculty. Powell was studying for her MBA. Jobs was entranced the moment he met her. He couldn’t take his eyes off her.

He had a business meeting scheduled after the lecture. As he walked to his car in the parking lot, he couldn’t stop thinking about her. He got in his car, slipped in the key and felt his heart skip.

If this was his last night on earth, would he rather spend it in a meeting or with this woman? He leapt out of his car and dashed across the parking lot, asked her if she’d have dinner with him. She smiled and said yes. They walked into town and have been together ever since.

Otagawa begins reciting Buddhist texts in Japanese. He strikes the gong again. Jobs beams.

Powell is already pregnant with their first child.