Exactly one year ago, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away at 56-years-old after struggling with pancreatic cancer. Whether you know of him as being the stoic, turtle-necked genius behind the Apple brand or the quirky, narcissistic businessman, one thing is for sure: Jobs was one of the captivating characters of the computer age.
R.I.P Steve Jobs.
- Steve Jobs wasn’t just a vegetarian, he was sometimes a fruitatarian. For weeks on end, he’d eat nothing but carrots and apples. Allegedly, there was a time where he turned orange from eating too many carrots.
- At one point, Steve Jobs was homeless and a college dropout. When Jobs gave a speech at Stanford University in 2005, he told a story about how he turned in Coke bottles for money and ate a weekly free meal at a Hare Krishna temple.
- He dated folk singer Joan Baez who called the pairing an “odd combination” and didn’t listen to her friends urgings to marry him for his money. “I had friends who said: ‘Marry him! You’ll never have a financial problem in your life,” she said. “But I couldn’t quite do it.”
- Jobs was a Zen Buddhist and may have even thought about becoming a monk.
- But he was also an advocate of psychedelics. He said he used LSD about ten to fifteen times and that it was a “positive life-changing experience” for him and that he’s glad he went through “that experience.”
- Jobs thought he was sterile so he initially denied being the father of his first child. He even signed court documents stating so. Eventually, he admitted to the paternity.
- Coincidentally, Jobs was adopted. His sister was famous novelist Mona Simpson, who wrote the book Anywhere But Here that later became a movie with Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon, and his father was a Syrian-Muslim.
- Under Steve Jobs’ direction, Apple never donated to charity. He said he wanted to wait until they were “profitable,” but even when they were, the still didn’t donate to charity.
- Jobs made most of his money from Pixar and Disney. His Apple salary was only $1 a year.
- If it wasn’t for Steve Jobs’ love of calligraphy, Apple might not exist today. He met Trappist Monk and calligraphy teacher, Robert Palladino, who affected not only his spiritual trajectory, but the look of typography on the first Macintosh’s.”When we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me,” said Jobs in the aforementioned Stanford commencement speech. “And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them.”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles