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Steve Jobs: How Harry Shum, Jr., was connected to the icon

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Glee star Harry Shum Jr., who plays Mike Chang on the Fox hit, took to his blog to mourn the loss of Apple founder Steve Jobs and reveal his interesting connection to the Apple genius: Shum Jr. was a silhouetted dancer in one of the first iPod commercials. Writes the actor, “I was asked to do a test commercial shoot for an Apple product which didn’t mean much to me at the time. Some music player that holds all your songs. Sounded cool to me and I never gave up an opportunity to work especially with the possibility of it turning into a national commercial. Coolest job I did in that time. Just for the fact that I was chosen for my dancing and just my dancing alone. It was a silhouette of me so looks and race didn’t play into it unlike most of the jobs I would audition for.”

The actor/dancer finally got a chance to meet Jobs at the 2009 Oscars. “As I approached him, I interrupted a conversation he was having with Disney’s Bob Iger,” writes Shum Jr. “I told him about how I did the iPod ads and have always wanted to meet him. I was speaking at 100 mphs and not sure if I was making coherent sentences. He just smiled at me and said, ‘That’s great! Thank you for all your hard work you put into it. Those were great ads.'”

“He has influenced the world more than anyone could have ever imagined.  An innovator, a pioneer and a genius who only come around once in a lifetime.  This is a very sad day but I will use it to remember Steve by all of the amazing things that he has brought into this world.”

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