Something I didn’t know about Steve Jobs

During the week, I contemplated putting in a business plan application for a new iPad at work. Turns out, on reflection, that I don’t really (REALLY) need it and it would be an unwarranted expense.

But Mr Jobs certainly had a gift for creating objects of desire as well as utility. Was he another Beethoven? Possibly in his own way. Click on the link to learn something that you may not have known about the Edison of our age.

About Schütz

I am Catholic, married to Cathy, father of Maddy & Mia. Since 2002, I have been the Executive Officer of the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. I was once a Lutheran pastor, but a "year of grace" and soul-searching led me into the Catholic Church. It was a bumpy ride, but with the support of my (still Lutheran) wife, I was finally confirmed on June 16, 2003.
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3 Responses to Something I didn’t know about Steve Jobs

  1. Paul G says:

    Hi David, I just finished reading the new biography of Steve Jobs and its a real page turner, especially for people like me who lived through the development of the PC.
    Jobs himself is a real mixture – he could be cruel and grasping, but at the same time idealistic and not just driven by making money.
    He hated the term “biological parents”, because he regarded the people who actually raised him as his real parents, and the others as “sperm donors”. It was a secret adoption, and his biological parents eventually married and had a daughter, so at the age of about 30, Jobs met his sister for the first time. He also had a daughter which he denied existing for a time, as well as children from his later marriage. (By the way, the first daughter, who he eventually supported, was called “Lucy” which makes anyone of my age smile, because that was what he called the successor to the first Mac computer.

    To the end, Jobs said he was 50/50 about believing in an afterlife, sometimes he thought that something must live on when we die, sometimes he thought it was just like an ON/OFF switch (and then said that must have been the reason he always avoided having on/off switches on his gadgets.)
    There is an interesting description of Jobs last words from his sister. Mona Simpson which sounds like the start of another journey at:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/oct/31/steve-jobs-last-words

  2. Paul G says:

    amendment:
    the name of Steve Job’s first child, and the name of the successor to the Mac computer was LISA, not Lucy.

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