EXPIRED: 10/05/11 – Steve Jobs, 56, was born in San Fran to a Syrian Muslim who eventually became a political science professor (Abdulfattah Jandali) and an American who became a speech language pathologist (Joanne Schieble). Jobs was a mistake, and his parents, grad students both, put him up for adoption when he was just a newborn.
Suburbanites Paul and Clara Jobs adopted the boy and named him Steven Paul. As a kid, Jobs went to two different high schools and went to so many lectures at Hewlett-Packard that when school was out the company offered him a summer Job.
They sat him right next to another summer employee, Steve Wozniak.
Although he loved attending classes, Jobs dropped out of college after just one semester. But even though he wasn’t a student, he kept going to class. He crashed on friends couches, returned Coke bottles for food money, and got free meals from local Hare Krishnas.
Returning from Oregon to California in ’74 Jobs hooked up with Wozniak a second time to start putting computers together from spare parts. Then, to save money for a spiritual retreat to India, Jobs took a job at Atari.
In India Jobs visited the Neem Karoli Baba at the Kainchi Ashram. With a shaved head, and wearing traditional Indian clothing, he returned to California as a confirmed Buddhist and started messing with hallucinogens. He said that doing LSD was “one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life”.
Jobs talked his way back into his old job at Atari and was tasked with building a circuit board for the game Breakout. At the time, Atari offered its employees $100 for each chip that could be eliminated from Atari machines. Jobs and Wozniak took the challenge together, removing so many chips that Atari found it impossible to reproduce on an assembly line.
Jobs gave Wozniak $350, telling him that Atari only gave them $700. He kept the other $4300 himself.
Despite this little indiscretion, the pair decided to go into business and change the world.