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Steve Jobs' father says he received brief 'thank you'

updated 11:00 pm EDT, Sun October 9, 2011

Jobs' father says he got brief thanks before end

Steve Jobs' biological father, Abdulfattah Jandali, got two responses from his son before the death last week, he said in an interview late Sunday. While a close associate of Jobs told the WSJ the legendary CEO hadn't, Jandali himself said he received two brief replies in recent memory. One, six weeks before Jobs' death and roughly when he was retiring, said a brief "thank you."

Jandali, the manager of the Boomtown casino in Reno, himself learned of the death after a stranger called offering sympathy. While he knew the end was near and wasn't surprised, it still affected him personally. "All you feel is sadness," he said.

Jobs was given up for adoption by his mother, Joanne Simpson, shortly after birth, and his connection to Jandali wasn't even known until 2005, after Jobs had already been treated for pancreatic cancer. As such, he had never had a deep connection with his biological father. Jandali for a time reportedly "abandoned" the family he had created with Simpson, one insider said, something which he now regrets.

Many point out physical resemblances between Jandali and his son as well as their mutual knack for business. Jandali has been described as content to stay in the background, however, while Jobs often sought public feedback and approval.

The long-time executive-level Syrian native, despite having little contact with Jobs, is still proud of his son's accomplishments. Both out of appreciation of the technology and respect for his son, he is a regular early adopter of Apple technology, including the iPad. "They produce the best [at Apple]," he said.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Land of the government schooled kids

    Right here.... Watch and learn...

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  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Queue the sheeple that think government is saving

    That won't even google DCA or anti-neoplastons and all the people that are alive and well today than to telling the FDA to go and take a hike. Federal Death Agency is alive and well. Not for long.

    Withut the FDA, our Steve would be alive today. The FDA is the greatest cause of death amongst American's aged 0-100.

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  1. facebook_Jennifer

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    Steve Jobs Event Marketing

    Steve Jobs did a great job influencing Apple Event Marketing with tow simple concepts....

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh dear

    climacs is spot on. let's let drug companies and food manufacturers monitor themselves. then you'll be all over the government to do something about it.

    when profit is the guiding light you sure as hail better have some oversight. but i guess e-coli outbreaks and human test subjects are ok with you.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If someone gets sick from bad medicine or false advertising, they should sue.

    yes, because it's so easy for average citizens to sue large, multinational corporations with dozens of lawyers and high-priced legal firms on retainer.

    and of course, the outcome is assured and such lawsuits are tried and settled quickly.

    More libertarian fantasyland talk. Why don't you tell us some more wishful thinking, like how the magical hand of the free market will quickly weed out firms which sell dangerous medicines once enough people die from them?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The US is not the only country in the land. Steve could have gone to one of 100 or so countries to find cures he couldn't get here (and may have, if I recall correctly). And steve had the cash to fund any research and guinea pig himself in any way he wanted, damn the FDA.

    Oh, and the 500 million they 'supposedly' need (which is a number made up by the pharma companies so they can charge exorbitant prices in the US, while charging nothing to the other countries) is for testing, you know, so that the drug you take doesn't make your arm fall off.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: @integr8d

    "If someone gets sick from bad medicine or false advertising, they should sue."

    yes, because it's so easy for average citizens to sue large, multinational corporations with dozens of lawyers and high-priced legal firms on retainer."

    They sue all the time. Any drug does one thing it isn't supposed to, class-action lawyers are all over the companies.

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