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iPhone creator Steve Jobs was a fan of the big screen

To the editor: I very much appreciate Kenneth Turan's article about my organization's work on film preservation. ("Reels of classic films tend to melt into goo; philanthropist David W. Packard won't let that happen," March 5)

I am a little worried, however, that what I said about Steve Jobs (about movies not being meant to be seen on 21/2-inch screens, intended really as a joke) may give the wrong impression. Jobs came very often to our Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, and he definitely understood that movies are wonderful in beautiful theatres.

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We remained friends despite the small screen on the iPhone.

David W. Packard, Los Altos

The writer is president of the Packard Humanities Institute.

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