We all know that Steve Paul Jobs and Steve Wozniac assembled the first Apple Computer in their garage in 1976 in Los Altos, CA. But there are a few things I didn’t know about him and perhaps neither did you.
He was given up for adoption by his biological parents shortly after his birth in San Francisco in 1955. He was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, a machinist and an accountant in Mountain View. Later in life he discovered that his biological parents married and had a daughter who became the best-selling novelist Mona Simpson.
As a child he seemed different from other children. After his first year in Junior High he told his parents that he wasn’t learning anything and refused to go back for the following year. His parents took him seriously and moved to Los Altos so that he could attend a better school.
He studied for one semester at Reed College in Portland and then spent the following year dropping acid, learning I Ching, and occasionally checking in at school. At the age of 21 In Palo Alto he met the equally brilliant Steve Wozniac and convinced him to partner with him in a new company. They named the company Apple after the Beatles’ record company and produced the first Apple computer in 1976.
He developed the mouse which made the computer easier to use and continued with his extraordinary mind to bring us the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad and Pixar.
Personality-wise he was not easy to like, and didn’t suffer fools gladly. But no one could question his ability to create. Only his eccentricity. He once went to India, shaved his head and sought spiritual enlightenment.
Jobs was forced out of Apple in 1985 and began a new company, NeXT, with the fortune he made from the sale of his Apple stock. Then later Apple, whose business was on a down turn, bought NeXt bringing Jobs with it and made the computer giant profitable again.
His untimely death leaves the computer world without it’s genius. Who knows what his incredibly agile mind would have produced in the future.