48 Facts About Steve Jobs

1. Steve Jobs would be very proud of Apple, says co-founder Wozniak.

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2. Steve Jobs once said that Apple almost went bankrupt because it focused too much on making a profit.

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3. Steve Jobs stood in Apple's lunch line like a regular Joe.

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4. In 1982, after Steve Jobs was forced out of the Lisa project, he joined the Macintosh project.

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5. Steve Jobs is the subject of a number of books and films.

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6. Steve Jobs is buried in an unmarked grave at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, the only nonsectarian cemetery in Palo Alto.

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7. On January 14, 2009, Steve Jobs wrote in an internal Apple memo that in the previous week he had "learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought".

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8. Steve Jobs responded at Apple's September 2008 Let's Rock keynote by paraphrasing Mark Twain: "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.

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9. In early August 2006, Steve Jobs delivered the keynote for Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

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10. Steve Jobs proposed that any foreign student who got an engineering degree at a US university should automatically be offered a green card.

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11. In 2005, Steve Jobs responded to criticism of Apple's poor recycling programs for e-waste in the US by lashing out at environmental and other advocates at Apple's annual meeting in Cupertino in April.

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12. Steve Jobs was a board member at Gap Inc from 1999 to 2002.

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13. Steve Jobs was both admired and criticized for his consummate skill at persuasion and salesmanship, which has been dubbed the "reality distortion field" and was particularly evident during his keynote speeches at Macworld Expos and at Apple Worldwide Developers Conferences.

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14. Steve Jobs quipped at the time that he would be using the title "iCEO".

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15. At the 2000 Macworld Expo, Steve Jobs officially dropped the "interim" modifier from his title at Apple and became permanent CEO.

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16. Steve Jobs became de facto chief after then-CEO Gil Amelio was ousted in July 1997.

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17. Steve Jobs proposed on New Year's Day 1990 with "a fistful of freshly picked wildflowers.

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18. Steve Jobs never showed an interest in his Syrian heritage or the Middle East.

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19. Steve Jobs told his official biographer that after meeting Simpson, he wanted to become involved in her ongoing search for their father.

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20. As he died soon afterwards, Steve Jobs was given the letter which stated that "his mother had been an unmarried graduate student from Wisconsin named Joanne Schieble.

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21. Steve Jobs found on his birth certificate the name of the San Francisco doctor to whom Schieble had turned when she was pregnant.

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22. Steve Jobs found Mona after first finding his birth mother, Joanne Schieble Simpson, shortly after he left Apple.

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23. When the deal closed, Steve Jobs became The Walt Disney Company's largest single shareholder with approximately seven percent of the company's stock.

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24. Steve Jobs touted it as the first "interpersonal" computer that would replace the personal computer.

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25. Steve Jobs marketed NeXT products to the financial, scientific, and academic community, highlighting its innovative, experimental new technologies, such as the Mach kernel, the digital signal processor chip, and the built-in Ethernet port.

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26. Steve Jobs wanted the company to focus on the closed architecture Macintosh as a business alternative to the IBM PC.

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27. In 2004, Steve Jobs received permission from the town of Woodside to demolish the house in order to build a smaller contemporary styled one.

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28. In 1984, Steve Jobs bought the Jackling House and estate, and resided there for a decade.

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29. In 1982, Steve Jobs bought an apartment in the two top floors of The San Remo, a Manhattan building with a politically progressive reputation.

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30. Steve Jobs worked with his team to come up with the phrase, "Local Integrated Software Architecture" as an alternative explanation for the Apple Lisa.

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31. Steve Jobs went there for the birth after he was contacted by Robert Friedland, their mutual friend and the farm owner.

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32. At the same time, according to Brennan, Steve Jobs "started to seed people with the notion that I slept around and he was infertile, which meant that this could not be his child.

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33. Steve Jobs usually went to work wearing a black long-sleeved mock turtleneck made by Issey Miyake, Levi's 501 blue jeans, and New Balance 991 sneakers.

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34. Steve Jobs said that if not for the blue boxes, there would have been no Apple.

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35. Steve Jobs had little specialized knowledge of circuit board design and made a deal with Wozniak to split the fee evenly between them if Wozniak could minimize the number of chips.

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36. Steve Jobs engaged in lengthy meditation retreats at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the oldest Soto Zen monastery in the US.

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37. Steve Jobs had changed his appearance; his head was shaved and he wore traditional Indian clothing.

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38. Steve Jobs traveled to India in mid-1974 to visit Neem Karoli Baba at his Kainchi ashram with his Reed friend Daniel Kottke, in search of spiritual enlightenment.

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39. In that same speech, Steve Jobs said: "If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.

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40. Steve Jobs was no longer an official student, and Brennan stopped visiting him.

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41. Steve Jobs continued to attend by auditing his classes, which included a course on calligraphy that was taught by Robert Palladino.

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42. Steve Jobs became friends with Reed's student body president, Robert Friedland.

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43. Steve Jobs decided that rather than join the electronics club, he would put on light shows with a friend for Homestead's avant-garde Jazz program.

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44. Steve Jobs was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor in 2003.

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45. That same year, Steve Jobs took a few of Apple's members with him to found NeXT, a computer platform development company that specialized in computers for higher-education and business markets.

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46. Steve Jobs was forced out of Apple in 1985 after a long power struggle with the company's board and its then-CEO John Sculley.

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47. Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California, and put up for adoption.

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48. Steve Jobs is widely recognized as a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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