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He was the man she loved for his ‘beauty,’ his ‘genius,’ and their ‘sublime lovemaking.’ Fifteen years after they split Jobs phoned out of the blue, she says, to thank her for it. ‘And all I could think was, But when they met Chrisann and Jobs were just a couple of High School kids in Cupertino, California.She was so entranced by him that she followed him off campus for three weeks before even knowing his name.
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It’s interesting to note that Jobs’ biological father is a successful businessman; certainly nothing on Jobs’ billionaire level, but perhaps some of his business smarts were passed on by Jandali, who only found out that his biological son was Steve Jobs in 2005.
Paul and Clara Jobs, Steve’s adopted parents, are both deceased.
Paul Jobs, a Coast Guard veteran, worked as a machinist for a company that manufactured lasers, and is largely responsible for his son’s interest in electronics and working with his hands. She died in 1986, and Paul seven years later, in 1993.
Only his gift for caring about his friends and family could compare with his achievements on the football field, film and television.
A beautiful genius: Steve Jobs as he was when Chrisann Brennan, right, first caught sight of him at High School in Cupertino.
But for everything they shared together – their first LSD trips, their first puffs of marijuana, a summer living in a cabin in Cupertino, their own little ‘Eden’ as she recalls - parts of Jobs’s personality were unknowable and others profoundly unlikeable. Years later she bumped into a former Apple employee who told her that, when Jobs had finally been compelled to pay some sort of maintenance to his child, he and his attorneys, ‘all celebrated because he’d gotten off by paying…so little.’Jobs was heavily into Zen at the time of Chrisann’s pregnancy and often in the company of his Zen Master Kobun Chino.
He was a scrupulous organiser who told her he threw anything away if ‘a) he wasn’t using it and b) it cost less than .’ He played with words, often repeating mysterious phrases such as ‘forty days and forty nights,’ or saying that it was ‘thirty-nine past the hour.’He was physically awkward, clumsy and gangly and often adopted what Chrisann describes as ‘the posture of a mad cripple.’ But she fell for him for all his strange charm and soon he was climbing through her bedroom window to avoid her mother’s detection. As her due date neared she recalls Chino repeatedly telling her, ‘I’ll give you money and I’ll raise the child.’Chrisann describes a man who constantly disappointed on a personal level.
His birth mother took his adoptive parents, Clara and Paul Jobs, to court in an attempt to prevent them from taking him.