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Who was Steve Jobs the man?

Asher Moses, SMH | Oct. 11, 2011
We know he was driven, ambitious, demanding and a technical genius. But what was Steve Jobs like as a man?

Jandali, who said he was too proud to reach out to Jobs first, said Simpson's "tyrant" father had forbade her to marry him due to his Syrian heritage. He says he had no say in the decision to put Jobs up for adoption.

Jandali ... Steve Jobs's father.

Jandali ... Steve Jobs's father.

Jandali and Simpson did eventually marry and had a daughter, the successful novelist Mona Simpson, who was close with Jobs and in 1997 described him as "one of my best friends in the world".

Contacted by the Gazette-Journal about the passing of his son this week, Jandali told the paper that he didn't have anything to say.

High school romance with unintended consequences

Jobs himself was also estranged from a child he fathered early in his life. His high school girlfriend Chris Ann Brennan gave birth to a daughter in 1978, when Jobs was 23. Jobs denied he was her father for two years and even swore in court that he was infertile but he eventually acknowledged that Lisa Brennan-Jobs was his daughter and she lived with him for a time as a teenager.

Jobs graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California in 1972 and enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He dropped out after one semester.

"The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting," he said during a 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University.

Jobs: the hippie years

After dropping out Jobs dropped in to classes for 18 months but was poor, sleeping on the floor in friends' rooms and returning coke bottles for the 5 cent deposits. He and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak dressed up as Alice in Wonderland characters in a mall in San Jose for $US3 an hour in 1972.

Jobs also flirted with Buddhism, grew his hair long and bummed meals from a Hare Krishna temple.

Soon after he worked as a designer for video game company Atari, where he helped create one of the best known video games, Breakout. He travelled to India in search of spiritual enlightenment and returned with his head shaved and wearing Indian attire, Britain's Telegraph reported.

Jobs dabbled with both psychedelic drugs and primal scream therapy, according to Time magazine, and he has described his experiences with LSD as "one of the two or three most important things I've done in my life". In an interview he once remarked that Bill Gates would be a broader guy "if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger".


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