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October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs’ Estranged Father Never Got Phone Call He Waited For

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Oct. 6, 2011

Steve Jobs‘ estranged father, who had given up his infant son for adoption, had been hoping that his grown son would call him. That hope died today.

Abdulfattah John Jandali had emailed his son a few times in a tentative effort to make contact. The father never called the son because he feared Jobs would think the dad who had given him up was now after his fortune.

A young Steve Jobs of Apple Computers smiles..

And Jobs never responded to his father’s emails.

“I really don’t have anything to say,” Jandali, vice president at Boomtown Hotel Casino in Reno, Nev., told the International Business Times.

Jandali, a Syrian immigrant, had been quoted by the New York Post recently saying he didn’t know until just a few years ago that the baby he and his ex-wife, Joanne Simpson, gave up grew to be Apple’s CEO.

Jandali told the Post that had it been his choice, he would have kept the baby. But Simpson’s father did not approve of her marrying a Syrian, so she moved to San Francisco to have the baby alone and give him up for adoption.

Steve Jobs Secretive Private Life

Jandali, who is 80, said at the time that he would have been happy to just have a cup of coffee with the son he never knew before it was too late. Stories of Jobs’ battle with a form of pancreatic cancer and his liver transplant were public and Jobs’ health had deteriorated to the point where he was forced to resign as CEO of Apple.

PHOTOS: Steve Jobs Through The Years

He was quoted as saying, “This might sound strange, though, but I am not prepared, even if either of us was on our deathbeds, to pick up the phone to call him.”

Though he was one of the world’s most famous CEOs, Steve Jobs has remained stubbornly private about his personal life, ignoring the media and the public’s thirst for knowledge about him ever since he co-founded Apple Computer in 1976.

He was so successful at keeping the details of his life out of the celebrity pages that a Pew poll in June 2010 found that only 41 percent of Americans correctly identified Jobs as head of Apple. A CBS poll that year concluded that 69 percent of Americans didn’t know enough about Jobs to have an opinion about him.

Jobs personal life was a story of extremes. Given up for adoption, he created a worldwide giant of a company in his garage, dated movie stars, and had a child out of wedlock who he denied for many years.

Many fans know that Jobs and his wife, Laurene Powell, have been married for more than 20 years; the two were married in a small ceremony in Yosemite National Park in 1991, live in Woodside, Calif., and have three children: Reed Paul, Erin Sienna, and Eve.

Less well-known are the other members of his family. He has a daughter, Lisa Brennan Jobs, born in 1978 with his high school girlfriend, Chris Ann Brennan.

His sister is Mona Simpson, the acclaimed writer of books like “Anywhere But Here.” Jobs did not meet Simpson until they were adults, when he was seeking information on his birth parents. Simpson later wrote a book based on their relationship. In the book, “A Regular Guy,” Simpson shed light on Jobs’s relationship with Brennan and his daughter, Lisa.

PHOTOS: Apple Products Since the Beginning

Fortune magazine reported that Jobs denied paternity of Lisa for years, at one point swearing in a court document that he was infertile and could not have children. According to the report, Chris Ann Brennan collected welfare for a time to support the child, until Jobs later acknowledged Lisa as his daughter.

The college dropout was a millionaire by the age of 25 and on the cover of Time by 26. By 30, he was starting a second company, NeXT.

During those years, though, Jobs also lived an exciting personal life. He also began a relationship with singer Joan Baez, according to Elizabeth Holmes, a friend and classmate. In “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs,” Holmes tells biographer Alan Deutschman that Jobs broke up with his serious girlfriend to “begin an affair with the charismatic singer-activist.” Holmes confirmed these details to ABC News.

Deutschman’s book also says Jobs went on a blind date with Diane Keaton; went out with Lisa Birnbach, author of “The Preppy Handbook;” and hand delivered computers to celebrities he admired.


October 6, 2011

Remembering Steve Jobs: GMA Live Coverage

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By Andrew Springer

Oct 6, 2011 6:56am


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Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple‘s iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died, Apple said. Jobs was 56. Jobs died “peacefully” surrounded by family members, his family said in a statement.

Complete coverage on Good Morning America, live at 7:00 a.m. ET.




8:04 a.m. ET – This morning on GMA, Bill Weir gave a touching tribute to Steve Jobs.

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7:58 a.m. ET- Statement from Bill Werde, editorial director of Billboard Magazine: “Apple’s brilliance – and I don’t think anyone doubts that this was Steve Jobs’ brilliance – was that Apple made it exciting and simple and effortless and fun. Before Steve Jobs, digital music was math class. After, it was recess. People talk about the differences between style and substance but with Jobs, the two were one.”

7:54 a.m. ET – @DrRichardBesser: Steve Jobs showed us how to live with cancer. It never defined who he was. Truly inspiring.

7:52 a.m. ET- PHOTOS: Apple Products Since the Beginning

7:49 a.m. ET- FULL STORY: Steve Jobs’ Health: A Timeline

7:45 a.m. ET – @GMA: Special #Your3Words this AM on Steve Jobs will feature @coldplay‘s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”

7:44 a.m. ET – @SalmanRushdie: I have been in love with the world Steve Jobs made ever since my first Apple Mac. He was one of the great architects of the real. RIP.

7:40 a.m. ET – FULL STORY: Steve Jobs’ Death: Apple’s Future Without Its Visionary 

7:27 a.m. ET – From ABC News’ Andrew Springer: Here’s the video from ABC World News Tonight when Apple and Steve Jobs introduced the very first Macintosh computer in 1984. Jobs called it “insanely great,” a sentiment echoed in Bill Gates’ statement last night: “ For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor.” It wasn’t the first computer with a mouse (a graphical user interface), but it was the first one affordable enough for consumers.

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7:24 a.m. ET – UK Prime Minister David Cameron (@Number10gov ): ”Steve Jobs transformed the way we work and play; a creative genius who will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family.”

7:23 a.m. ET– Steve Jobs in 60 seconds:

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7:18 a.m. ET – Trending on Twitter: #ThankYouSteve, #iSad, THE Steve Jobs, Think Different

7: 15 a.m. ET – “He really didn’t believe in focus groups, you just gotta believe in what’s right and what’s wrong.” -Steve Wozniak says of Jobs on GMA

7:14 a.m. ET – FULL ARTICLE: The world reacts to Steve Jobs’ death

7:10 a.m. ET – @BillWeirABC: Apple stock soared more than 7000% since Jobs’ return… and that garage startup now has more cash than the U.S. Treasury.

7:08 a.m. ET – ”You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” -Steve Jobs, excerpt from 2005 commencement address at Stanford University

6:56 a.m. ET – Good Morning America is live with the latest on remembering Steve Jobs.

9:43 p.m. ET – @aplusk: We have all surfed on the wake of Steve Jobs ship. Now we must learn to sail, but we will never forget our skipper.

9:20 p.m. ET – Statement from President Obama on the passing of Steve Jobs: “Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it … The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”

8:45 p.m. ET – @Starbucks: Thank you Steve Jobs, you made the world a better place. You will be missed.

8: 35 p.m. ET – Statement from Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “Tonight, America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come. Again and again over the last four decades, Steve Jobs saw the future and brought it to life long before most people could even see the horizon.”

8:16 p.m. ET – Statement from the Jobs family: ”Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.  In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”

7:45 p.m. ET – Apple announces Steve Jobs’ death. The company did not specify a cause. Jobs was 56.

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