Steve Jobs’ Biological Father: No Comment on Estranged Son’s Death

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By Amrutha Gayathri

Abdulfattah “John” Jandali — Steve Jobs’ biological father — had no comment Wednesday on the untimely death of his world-famous son, with whom he had no relationship.

Jandali, 80, a Syrian-American Muslim and ex-political science professor, had earlier expressed his regret for giving his son up for adoption.

“I really don’t have anything to say,” said Jandali, vice president at Boomtown Hotel Casino and a former professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. “I know” the news.

In an interview with The Sun in August, Jandali had expressed his desire to meet his son.

“I live in hope that before it is too late he will reach out to me,” he said. “Even to have just one coffee with him just once would make me a very happy man.”

Jandali, then a political science student from Homs, Syria, and Joanne Carole Schieble, an American graduate student, were unmarried when Jobs was born in 1955. The baby was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View, Calif., who named him Steven Paul.

Jobs apparently did not try to meet his father even after his public request for a reunion.

According to reports, Jandali regretted his interview with The Sun and told the Reno Gazette-Journal in September that he would not publicly discuss his son again.

When Job’s illness — a rare form of pancreatic disorder — was made public, Jandali mailed him his medical history in hopes it would help his treatment.

Even though Jandali was desperate to meet his son, he said his “Syrian pride” stopped him from reaching out to Jobs himself.

“This might sound strange, though, but I am not prepared, even if either of us was on our deathbed, to pick up the phone to call him,” Jandali told the Sun.

“Steve will have to do that as the Syrian pride in me does not want him ever to think I am after his fortune. I am not. I have my own money. What I don’t have is my son … and that saddens me.”

Jandali and Schieble were married 10 months after giving Jobs up for adoption and they gave birth to and raised Jobs’ biological sister, novelist Mona Simpson.

Though Jobs refused to meet his father, he shared a relationship with Simpson. She first met Jobs when they were adults, after she invited him to a party promoting her novel “Anywhere But Here,” where she revealed that they were siblings; Jobs was 27. He regularly visited her in Manhattan, a New York Times report said.

“My brother and I are very close, I admire him enormously,” Simpson told New York Times. Jobs said, “We’re family. She’s one of my best friends in the world. I call her and talk to her every couple of days.”

Getting to know his sister, and learning how similar they were, had a major effect on Jobs. Steve Lohr of The New York Times wrote: “The effect of all this on Jobs seems to be a certain sense of calming fatalism — less urgency to control his immediate environment and a greater trust that life’s outcomes are, to a certain degree, wired in the genes.”

A few years earlier, Jobs said he was certain that his character had been formed from his experiences, not his birth parents or genes. He frequently referred to his adopted parents as “the only real parents” that he ever had. From Simpson, Jobs would learn more details about their parents, and he invited his birth mother, Joanne Simpson, to a few events.

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41 responses to “Steve Jobs’ Biological Father: No Comment on Estranged Son’s Death”

  1. lebster Avatar

    Of course you have nothing to say you degenerate gambling goof Jandali. Waynak inta woo wayn Steve,  Mr Casino manager. Khallef woo zett. Khooood. No one will even remember you.

    1. He didn’t know she was pregnant.  She moved to San Fran-had him, and gave him up.

  2. lebster Avatar

    Of course you have nothing to say you degenerate gambling goof Jandali. Waynak inta woo wayn Steve,  Mr Casino manager. Khallef woo zett. Khooood. No one will even remember you.

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    Anonymous

    Of course you have nothing to say you degenerate gambling goof Jandali. Waynak inta woo wayn Steve,  Mr Casino manager. Khallef woo zett. Khooood. No one will even remember you.

    1. He didn’t know she was pregnant.  She moved to San Fran-had him, and gave him up.

    2. He didn’t know she was pregnant.  She moved to San Fran-had him, and gave him up.

    3. He didn’t know she was pregnant.  She moved to San Fran-had him, and gave him up.

    4. He didn’t know she was pregnant.  She moved to San Fran-had him, and gave him up.

  4. i cant for life of me understand how someone can just give their baby away like that, gosh no wonder he could never speak to them again, I would feel the same way…and then only ten months later they marry and have a child and they keep that one? Wow, May be rest in peace in the afterlife, so sad but he did live life to the fullest and did more than most, so good for him!

    1. mia, if you have gone the wrong way,,you make a u turn.
      the problem with many humans and especially middle east culture is they lack humility, without it no one acknowlages wrong doing  and the process of healing those we have wronged  never takes place.
        his father  may have put more value on his pride than on an attempt to reach out to someone he abandoned. i dont know if you are familiar with the song in the “in the living years” by mike and the mechanics,  the lyrics were powerfull enough to help me get past my fathers shortcomings and although  i reached out to him, in retrospect no where near enough till it was too late.

    2. LEBANON101 Avatar
      LEBANON101

      think about it if they didnt give him up he probably would not who he is today

  5. i cant for life of me understand how someone can just give their baby away like that, gosh no wonder he could never speak to them again, I would feel the same way…and then only ten months later they marry and have a child and they keep that one? Wow, May be rest in peace in the afterlife, so sad but he did live life to the fullest and did more than most, so good for him!

    1. mia, if you have gone the wrong way,,you make a u turn.
      the problem with many humans and especially middle east culture is they lack humility, without it no one acknowlages wrong doing  and the process of healing those we have wronged  never takes place.
        his father  may have put more value on his pride than on an attempt to reach out to someone he abandoned. i dont know if you are familiar with the song in the “in the living years” by mike and the mechanics,  the lyrics were powerfull enough to help me get past my fathers shortcomings and although  i reached out to him, in retrospect no where near enough till it was too late.

  6. i cant for life of me understand how someone can just give their baby away like that, gosh no wonder he could never speak to them again, I would feel the same way…and then only ten months later they marry and have a child and they keep that one? Wow, May be rest in peace in the afterlife, so sad but he did live life to the fullest and did more than most, so good for him!

    1. mia, if you have gone the wrong way,,you make a u turn.
      the problem with many humans and especially middle east culture is they lack humility, without it no one acknowlages wrong doing  and the process of healing those we have wronged  never takes place.
        his father  may have put more value on his pride than on an attempt to reach out to someone he abandoned. i dont know if you are familiar with the song in the “in the living years” by mike and the mechanics,  the lyrics were powerfull enough to help me get past my fathers shortcomings and although  i reached out to him, in retrospect no where near enough till it was too late.

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      Anonymous

      think about it if they didnt give him up he probably would not who he is today

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      Anonymous

      think about it if they didnt give him up he probably would not who he is today

  7. what a great thing his mom did not abort him! Thank you!!

  8. what a great thing his mom did not abort him! Thank you!!

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      Anonymous

      Well Geo … I see we have some ladies here now … but do we need more ‘bleeding heart’ issues 😉 ??

      1. more ladies is  allways a plus  5th,they are mostly  beautifull and intelligent and  they are less prone to send children to war as you rightly commented many months ago.

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          Anonymous

          True, true … and one can always use some ‘mothering’ as well. That special touch, you know?
          (And I dare not mention value in kitchens – not politically correct. 😉 So I have become an expert with a micro-wave. :-))
            Seriously, the women’s viewpoint is needed on some of these subjects … not that any politician listens to any of us it seems.

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      Anonymous

      Well Geo … I see we have some ladies here now … but do we need more ‘bleeding heart’ issues 😉 ??

    3. Amen, that’s what I was thinking.  

  9. what a great thing his mom did not abort him! Thank you!!

  10. maureen1959 Avatar
    maureen1959

    How did his birth mother end up with the same last name as the daughter. Did she re-marry? What?

    1. His story is all over on the internet.  It’s a long story.  Her father disapproved.  Not much money.  Unbelievable story.  Go read it everyone.  His sister is a brain, too.

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    Anonymous

    How did his birth mother end up with the same last name as the daughter. Did she re-marry? What?

    1. His story is all over on the internet.  It’s a long story.  Her father disapproved.  Not much money.  Unbelievable story.  Go read it everyone.  His sister is a brain, too.

  12. Anthony Khoury Avatar
    Anthony Khoury

    another example of the most asked moral question, to abort or not to abort. not every one is Steve Jobs but Steve jobs was given a chance and so should every unborn child be given a chance. if giving or taking a life is up to us than we are in a sorry state, God and only God decides on who lives or not. God rest his soul.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Well Anthony, letting them live to 18, then torturing, maiming, beating and killing them seems to me to be more of a moral question than eliminating them before they get chance to feel or think of anything.
      But that will probably extend this column until doomsday … so I won’t mention it.

  13. Anthony Khoury Avatar
    Anthony Khoury

    another example of the most asked moral question, to abort or not to abort. not every one is Steve Jobs but Steve jobs was given a chance and so should every unborn child be given a chance. if giving or taking a life is up to us than we are in a sorry state, God and only God decides on who lives or not. God rest his soul.

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      Anonymous

      Well Anthony, letting them live to 18, then torturing, maiming, beating and killing them seems to me to be more of a moral question than eliminating them before they get chance to feel or think of anything.
      But that will probably extend this column until doomsday … so I won’t mention it.

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      Anonymous

      Well Anthony, letting them live to 18, then torturing, maiming, beating and killing them seems to me to be more of a moral question than eliminating them before they get chance to feel or think of anything.
      But that will probably extend this column until doomsday … so I won’t mention it.

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      Anonymous

      Well Anthony, letting them live to 18, then torturing, maiming, beating and killing them seems to me to be more of a moral question than eliminating them before they get chance to feel or think of anything.
      But that will probably extend this column until doomsday … so I won’t mention it.

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