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Jobs asks biographer \"Are you a nut case?\"

updated 02:45 pm EST, Tue November 1, 2005

Jobs lashes out at author

On Friday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs who wrote an article about the untold story of Jobs' biological father, according to a report The New York Daily News. Biographer Fredric Alan Maxwell last week emailed Jobs a 4,000-word article he wrote for Fast Company magazine about Jobs' biological father, reportedly a Syrian immigrant and political science professor named Abdulfattah Jandali. The report says that Jobs simply replied with "Are you a nut case?" and signed the email with his traditional one-line closing "Steve." Maxwell, who says that Jobs doesn't enjoy close scrutiny, responded back "Are you?"

According to the Daily News, the "Montana-based author has been pushing Jobs' buttons for a while, even conducting 18 months of research for an unauthorized biography before Penguin Group's Portfolio imprint pulled the plug earlier this year [and] finally sent Jobs the piece about his birth father after Fast Company killed it." Earlier this year, Maxwell was stripped of his press credentials when he tried to enter Jobs' keynote speech at the MacWorld event in San Francisco.




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  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    He is a nutcase

    This is an author who personally sent an executive a copy of an unpublishable article about his most private life.

    The relationships between adoptees and their biological parents is a matter traditionally treated with very great privacy and care.

    Also, remember that the author also "randomly" found Jobs to tell him in person he was writing about him.

    Put it all together, and I have a theory... This guy is a nutcase. Why should Steve have to keep his mouth shut about such an unsettling invasion of his privacy by someone who seems to have a weird vendetta against him? I would have said something much less forgiving.

  1. finknottle

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Butt out

    Leave him alone. The press just loves to butt in on people's private lives. He's an intensely private individual, just leave it already!

  1. tafticus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    met him...

    On a totally random note, I actually met Maxwell in a post office in Ann Arbor, Michigan a while back...he seemed like a sane individual and gave me a free copy of his book on Ballmer. He told me he was starting a book on Steve Jobs...I guess he hasn't been having the best luck...

  1. SlowX

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    yeah

    it's because of stuff like this that i try to stay un-famous. well, that, and the fact that i've done nothing of note in my life. heh

  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Sue

    Sue the guy if he publishes any lies.

    One does not dig into the relationships between adoptees and their biological parents. Period.

    What an idiot!!!

  1. macusersneedtogetalife

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    oh yeah...

    I did your biological mother, Deepdish. She told me you like your bag licked. I didn't pry any further, so thank me...

  1. MrKlin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Man what zealots

    Sheesh. We have some nutty zealots - if Steve Jobs took a dump on the sidewalk you would probably take measures to protect and memorialize it because it is about his most private life.

    Public figures have a lowered expectation of privacy. The courts have established that over and over again. It is nothing new. As the original article have pointed out, Steve should have simply not replied instead of feeding the troll like he has (and apparently you would too).

  1. ciparis

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    If the shoe fits.

    The guy has spent over 18 months obsessing over Steve Jobs, even though he's had nothing published? He sounds more like a nutcase than a journalist to me.

  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    He is a nut

    What sort of relevance does Jobs' biological father have to do with anything? What's next, a story about Bill Gates' grandmother's stepsister? Is this the next step down the devolutional ladder after reality TV?

  1. MrKlin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    All nuts

    Is Steve's or any public figure's personal lives suddenly above writing? Or are you guys just being a little bit sensitive because you like a corporation's products?

    Seriously, I find it amusing that I do not see you guys calling him a nut when he profiled Ballmer or the fact he wrote for Newsweek, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine. Next time you get something published, let me know.

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