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I did not think that I would reflect on passings two days in a row.

US Congressman John Lewis passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 80. Tributes will certainly flow in the days to come. The NYT already has a piece on the civil rights leader.

One of my favourite soundbites from Lewis was in his interview by Stephen Colbert. He talked about getting into “good trouble”. I reflected on this in 2016.

In 2003, Lewis took the trouble to meet with a small group of teachers who were part of a project I was working on in the US. My wife and I were privileged to be part of that group. We listened in awe as he spoke, shook his hand, and scored an autograph in his book.

Signed copy of Walking with the Wind by Congressman John Lewis.

John Lewis might have passed on, but he has touched many lives both near and far. I am part of the latter group and remain inspired to be part of good trouble.

I loved Mythbusters when it was airing. When it got cancelled after 296 episodes, I watched the short-lived White Rabbit Project on Netflix. The latter featured three Mythbusters, Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara.

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Sadly, Imahara passed away from a brain aneurysm earlier this week. The YouTube video above was a short tribute by Discovery to him.

I liked the way he worked quietly and humbly, and how he put up with the shenanigans of his colleagues. I even liked how he did not like fish touching him in the water. But most of all I liked how he communicated science simply and accurately.

We have lost a servant of science and the creator of a version of The Child (aka Baby Yoda). The animatronic was supposed to visit children in hospitals and I hope it still does as part of Imahara’s legacy.

RIP, Grant Imahara. You are one with the Force and the Force is with you. Always.

It is no longer news that Steve Jobs passed away. While everyone who is anyone has been writing eulogies, Seth Godin’s is probably my favourite.

My second favourite is an excerpt from Obama’s statement:

There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.

Jobs will be remembered for Apple. But he will also be remembered for his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005.

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He mentioned the need to “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” at the end of his speech. It’s best to listen to his entire speech to figure out why.

He leaves not just Apple behind as a legacy but also words to live by.

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