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Three Unknown Facts About Steve Jobs Revealed In New Biography

One of the most anticipated biographies of the year hasn’t even come out yet, but it seems like everyone is talking about the upcoming life story on the late Apple innovator Steve Jobs. In the bio simply titled, Steve Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson, the author reveals many previously unknown tidbits about Jobs’ relatively secretive life gathered from more than 40 interviews and full access to Jobs’ close circle of friends and family. [photogallerylink id=54638 align=left]

The bio release date, set for Monday, Oct. 24th, was pushed up after Jobs’ death earlier in October, but excerpts from the book have been revealed before the book’s official release date, including what Steve Jobs considered his biggest regret in life.

Get a preview of three facts you didn’t know about Jobs’ life before the book hits shelves this Monday, and tune in to a special interview with Isaacson on Steve Jobs this Sunday, Oct. 23 on 60 Minutes for even more.

1. Steve Jobs’ Biggest Regret

After learning about Steve Jobs’ diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Isaacson was shocked when the entrepreneur told him that he was foregoing surgery. Jobs instead put off surgery for 9 months and opted to try alternative medicine like fruit juices, acupuncture and herbal remedies, which infuriated his family and friends.

“I’ve asked [Jobs why he didn’t get an operation then] and he said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened … I didn’t want to be violated in that way,’ said Isaacson.

“I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking. … We talked about this a lot,” he told Steve Kroft in the 60 Minutes special. “He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it. … I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner.”

2. Meeting His Biological Father

Steve Jobs was adopted as a baby, and never knew he had a sister until he tracked down his biological mother and she revealed her to him. He became friends with his sister, novelist Mona Simpson, and they both tracked down their biological father together, who Mona found later on.

His father, Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, owned a popular Mediterranean restaurant that Jobs had eaten at a few times before, and never knew the owner was his real father.

“It was amazing,” Jobs later said of the revelation. “I had been to that restaurant a few times, and I remember meeting the owner. He was Syrian. Balding. We shook hands.”

But Jobs was still weary of revealing to him that he was really his biological father saying, “I was a wealthy man by then, and I didn’t trust him not to try to blackmail me or go to the press about it.”

3. Meeting President Obama

At first, Jobs almost missed meeting President Barack Obama because he insisted on the President extending a personal invitation for the meeting. Even though his wife told him that the President “was really psyched to meet with you,” Jobs’ notorious stubborn personality insisted on a personal invitation, and didn’t back down for five days.

When he finally agreed to meeting with the President at Westin San Francisco Airport, Jobs started off the meeting with a very blunt statement.

He told Obama that “You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” and insisted that the administration be more business-friendly. He also criticized the education system in America saying it was “crippled by union work rules.”

He told Isaacson that, “Until the teachers’ unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform.” Jobs proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year.

[Source: Huffington Post]

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