Cast of Characters

Steve Jobs 24 Feb 1955 – 5 Oct 2011 on The Earth / 5 Oct 2011 – 10 Aug 2067 on The Cloud / 10 Aug 2067 – return to The Earth

THE GENIUSES – from the 1997 Apple ‘Think Different’ TV commercial

Albert Einstein 14 Mar 1879 – 18 Apr 1955
Alfred Hitchcock 13 Aug 1899 – 29 Apr 1980
Amelia Earhart 24 Jul 1897 – 2 Jul 1937
Bob Dylan 24 May 1941 –
Buckminster Fuller 12 Jul 1895 – 1 Jul 1983
Frank Lloyd Wright 8 Jun 1867 – 9 Apr 1959
Jim Henson 24 Sep 1936 – 16 May 1990
John Lennon 9 Oct 1940 – 8 Dec 1980
Mahatma Gandhi 2 Oct 1869 – 30 Jan 1940
Maria Callas 2 Dec 1923 – 16 Sep 1977
Martha Graham 11 May 1894 – 1 Apr 1991
Martin Luther King, Jr. 15 Jan 1929 – 4 Apr 1968
Muhammad Ali 17 Jan 1942 –
Pablo Picasso 25 Oct 1881 – 8 Apr 1973
Richard Branson 18 Jul 1950 –
Ted Turner 19 Nov 1938 –
Thomas Edison 11 Feb 1847 – 18 Oct 1931

HONORARY GENIUS

Isaac Newton 25 Dec 1642 – 20 Mar 1727

ON THE CLOUD

Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect
Characters in Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who escape the destruction of The Earth and travel the universe

Benny Goodman 30 May 1909 – 13 Jun 1986
Jazz and swing clarinetist and bandleader; known as the King of Swing and The Professor

Carl Sagan 9 Nov 1934 – 20 Dec 1996
Astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, known for promoting the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and several best-selling books

Coretta Scott King 27 Apr 1927 – 30 Jan 2006
Author, activist, civil rights leader; widow of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Diana, Princess of Wales 1 Jul 1962 – 31 Aug 1997
Diana Spencer, the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales; international charity and fundraising figure; fatally injured in a car crash in Paris

Douglas Adams 11 Mar 1952 – 11 May 2001
English writer and dramatist best known for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a “trilogy” of five books

Edgar Cayce 18 Mar 1877 – 3 Jan 1945
Celebrity psychic famed for his healing powers; founder of the Association for Research and Enlightenment

Eduard Einstein 28 Jul 1910 – 25 Oct 1965
The second son of Albert Einstein and his first wife Mileva Maric; diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 20

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross 8 Jul 1926 – 24 Aug 2004
Swiss-American psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies; best known as the author of On Death and Dying in which she proposed the Five Stages of Grief (DABDA)

George & Ira Gershwin 26 Sep 1898 – 11 Jul 1937; 6 Dec 1896 – 17 Aug 1983
Songwriting team responsible for over a dozen Broadway shows, including the groundbreaking musical, Porgy and Bess

George Harrison 25 Feb 1943 – 29 Nov 2001
British musician; lead guitarist of The Beatles; introduced Indian mysticism to the other Beatles

Guy Lombardo 19 Jun 1902 – 5 Nov 1977
Canadian-American big band leader and violinist; formed The Royal Canadians orchestra with his three brothers

Hans Albert Einstein 14 May 1904 – 26 Jul 1973
Swiss-American engineer and educator; first son of Albert Einstein; Associate Professor of Hydraulic Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley

Ian Stevenson 31 Oct 1918 – 8 Feb 2007
Canadian biochemist and professor of psychiatry; known for his research into reincarnation at The Division of Perceptual Studies, University of Virginia

Irving Berlin 11 May 1888 – 22 Sep 1989
Russian immigrant widely considered America’s greatest songwriter; composer of 1,500 songs, 19 Broadway shows, and 18 Hollywood films

Janis Joplin 19 Jan 1943 – 4 Oct 1970
Singer-songwriter from Port Arthur, Texas known as the Queen of Rock and Roll and the Queen of Psychedelic Soul; died in Los Angeles of a heroin overdose

Jim Morrison 8 Dec 1943 – 3 Jul 1971
Musician, singer, poet; lead singer and lyricist of the rock band The Doors; born in Florida, died in Paris of an apparent heroin overdose

Julia Child 15 Aug 1912 – 13 Aug 2004
Famed chef, author, TV personality from Pasadena, CA; introduced French cuisine to the American public

John Denver 31 Dec 1943 – 12 Oct 1997
Country/folk singer-songwriter from Roswell, NM; died when his experimental personal plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean

John Lloyd Wright 12 Dec1892 – 20 Dec 1972
Architect and toy inventor; second son of Frank Lloyd Wright; invented Lincoln Logs in 1916

Johnny Cash 26 Feb 1932 – 12 Sep 2003
The Man in Black; singer-songwriter, actor, author from Kingsland, Arkansas; known for his deep bass-baritone voice

Lucy, Prudence, Eleanor, Rita, Michelle
Characters in Beatles songs: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Dear Prudence, Eleanor Rigby, Lovely Rita, Michelle

Lucy Vodden 1963 – 22 Sep 2009
Childhood friend of Julian Lennon whose drawing of her inspired the Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds; died after a long battle with lupus

Maxwell
Maxwell Edison, the murderous medical student in the Beatles song: Maxwell’s Silver Hammer

Marian
Marian Paroo, a librarian; lead character in Meredith Wilson’s musical The Music Man

Melvil Dewey 10 Dec 1851 – 26 Dec 1931 / 10 January 2012
Librarian and educator; inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification system used in most public and school libraries in the U.S.

Merce Cunningham 16 Apr 1919 – 26 Jul 2009
Avant-garde dancer and choreographer; leader of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Paul Whiteman 28 Mar 1890 – 29 Dec 1967
Bandleader, composer, orchestral director; known as the King of Jazz

Ralph Waldo Emerson 25 May 1803 – 27 Apr 1882
Poet and essayist; leader of the Transcendentalist movement; known for his essay The Over-soul in which he expressed his interest in Indian philosophy

Renata Tebaldi 1 Feb 1922 – 19 Dec 2004
Italian lirico-spinto soprano; sang in 1,048 operas during her career; an archrival of Maria Callas

Shanti Devi 11 Dec 1926 – 27 Dec 1987
Born in Delhi, India; from the age of 4 remembered details of a past life; investigated by Mahatma Gandhi, whose commission concluded that she was the reincarnation of Lugdi Devi

Syd Barrett 6 Jan 1946 – 7 Jul 2006
British singer-songwriter; lead vocalist and founding member of the band Pink Floyd; known for his erratic behavior on and off stage; a recluse for 30 years

Walt Whitman 31 May 1819 – 26 Mar 1892
Humanist poet, essayist and journalist; often called the father of free verse; famous for his poetry collection Leaves of Grass

William James 11 Jan 1842 – 26 Aug 1910
Pioneering psychologist, philosopher, M.D., afflicted with lifelong “soul-sickness”; a founder of the American Society for Psychical Research and a champion of alternative approaches to healing

IN THE BEYOND

Sai Baba #1 28 Sep 1835(?) – 15 Oct 1918
Sai Baba of Shirdi, real name unknown; Indian guru, yogi, and fakir; considered by many Hindus to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna

Sai Baba #2 23 Nov 1926 – 24 Apr 2011
Sathyanarayana Raju, Indian guru, spiritual figure, educator; claimed to be the second reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi; known for materializing vibhuti (holy ash) and small objects

Siri
Hindu goddess; also the name of the female-voiced personal digital assistant in the iPhone 4S

The Big Guy
CEO of The Cloud

The Chairman
Creator and overseer of the universe

ON THE EARTH

14th Dalai Lama 6 Jul 1935 –
Lhamo Dondrub, chosen as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1950; the most influential figure in Tibetan Buddhism; living in exile in India since 1959; winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize

Art Levinson 31 Mar 1950 –
Biochemist, Chairman of Genentech; named Chairman of Apple, Inc. on November 15, 2011

Bill Gates 28 Oct 1955 –
American businessman, investor, philanthropist, author; Chairman and Founder of Microsoft

Jonathan Mann 1981 –
Singer-songwriter from Berkeley, CA; known for posting a song a day on YouTube since January 1, 2009; composer of the Antenna Song and the Duet With Siri

Jony Ive Feb 1967 –
Sir Jonathan Paul Ive; Chief designer at Apple, Inc.; partner and confidant of Steve Jobs

Lady Gaga 28 Mar 1986 –
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta; singer-songwriter, performance artist

Norman Foster 1 Jun 1935 –
British architect; chosen to design the Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, CA

Ron Johnson c. 1959 –
CEO of J.C. Penney; formerly Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Apple, Inc.

Sean Lennon 9 Oct 1975 –
Singer-songwriter; only child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Shirley MacLaine 24 Apr 1934 –
Film and theater actress, singer, dancer, author; known for her books about and belief in reincarnation

Stephen Hawking 8 Jan 1942 –
English theoretical physicist and cosmologist; Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge; author of the best-seller A Brief History of Time

Terry Reagan
Project Manager for the Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, CA

Tim Cook 1 Nov 1960 –
CEO of Apple, Inc. since August 24, 2011

Yoko Ono 18 Feb 1933 –
Japanese avant-garde artist, musician, author, peace activist; widow of John Lennon

LOCATION UNKNOWN

Galileo Galilei 15 Feb 1564 – 8 Jan 1642
Italian mathematician, astronomer, physicist, philosopher; found guilty of heresy in 1663 for his defense of heliocentrism; spent the rest of his life under house arrest