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Memorial set-up outside Apple Store Michigan Avenue. In honor Apple Founder Steve Jobs. Citizens stop photograph memorial site Thursday October

Memorial set-up outside the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue. In honor of Apple Founder Steve Jobs. Citizens stop and photograph the memorial site Thursday, October 6, 2011 I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: November 16, 2011 10:37AM

Sameer Bhatt posted a sticky note on the Apple store window Thursday to honor the late Steve Jobs for being a daily inspiration.

“Everything [Jobs] touched was something I wanted to be a part of,” said Bhatt, 36, a Gold Coast resident who works as technical director in the Web development business at iCrossing marketing agency.

“The philosophy that I and many of my colleagues adhere to reflects Jobs’ example: We want to make sure our work is better than what people expect rather than just meeting expectations,” said Bhatt, who earned his bachelor’s in psychology and computer science at Northwestern University.

Bhatt was among a constant-but-ever-changing crowd of about 30 people who stopped outside the Apple store at 679 N. Michigan Ave. on an unseasonably mild afternoon to pay homage.

They took photos with their iPhones, wrote comments on green and blue sticky notes and left a row of flowers, votive candles, hand-written thank you’s on newspapers and notebook paper and full and half-eaten green and red apples — some with notes attached.

“It’s been an honor to share the planet with you,” one note said.

“Thank you for inspiring me,” said another.

“Bye, Steve, and thanks,” said a third.

Mark Walker, 49, of Edgewater, an Armani Collezioni brand ambassador at Saks Fifth Avenue, said his first Apple computer dates to the 1980s — the Cube with a floppy disk.

“I was brought up on Apple,” Walker said. “Once I took my first bite, I wasn’t going to go to a PC.”

Walker, who drops by the Apple store every other day on his lunch hour, called Jobs “a genius” who transformed the advertising world in which Walker previously worked.

“To think he started something in his garage that turned into this,” Walker said as the store behind him buzzed with customers testing shiny gadgets.

Natalia Gadek, 22, a Norwood Park resident and a senior at North Park University majoring in physical education, said Jobs’ death is a tragic event, but he left the world with a strong and lasting legacy.

“My iPhone is my guide to everything,” Gadek said. “I use the homework app to stay organized and the maps for direction,” she said. “It is such a helpful, helpful device.”

Similar scenes played out worldwide, from Tokyo to San Francisco and at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., where Jobs’ admirers left mementoes to a major influence in their lives.

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