Sunday, March 10, 2013

Steve Jobs Adoption Story

Just in case you wonder about Steve Jobs' adoption story, Jobs was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955 to two university students, Joanne Carole Schieble, of Swiss Catholic descent, and Syrian-born Abdulfattah "John" Jandali (Arabic: عبدالفتاح جندلي‎), who were both unmarried at the time.  

Jandali, who was teaching in Wisconsin when Steve was born, stated he had no choice but to put the baby up for adoption because his girlfriend's family objected to their affair.

The baby was adopted at birth by Paul Reinhold Jobs (1922 - 1993) and Clara Jobs (1924 - 1986), an Armenian American whose maiden name was Hagopian.

According to Steve Jobs' commencement address at Stanford, Schieble wanted Jobs to be adopted only by a college-graduate couple. Schieble learned that Clara Jobs hadn't graduated from college and Paul Jobs had only attended high school, but signed final adoption papers after they promised her that the child would definitely be encouraged and supported to attend college.

Later, when asked about his "adoptive parents", Jobs replied emphatically that Paul and Clara Jobs "were my parents." He claimed in his authorized biography that they "were my parents 1,000%." Unknown to him, his biological parents would subsequently marry (December 1955), have a second child, novelist Mona Simpson, in 1957, and divorce in 1962.

The Jobs family moved from San Francisco to Mountain View, California when Steve was five years old. The parents later adopted a daughter, Patty. Paul worked as a mechanic and a carpenter Clara was an accountant for Varian Associates, one of the first high-tech firms in what became known as Silicon Valley.

Source: Wikipedia

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