Since Steve Jobs resigned as Apple chief executive two weeks ago, the media has waxed eloquent about the way he changed our consumer lives — through music, the Internet, and TV.
But as Jobs gets older and looks increasingly frail, coping with a cancer attacking his pancreas, some lesser-known voices have also come out to support him.
A neighbor of Job’s in Palo Alto has written a piece in which she says that to her, Jobs is just a good dad, and “a guy down the street.” Jobs’ biological father has also spoken out, saying he’d like to meet Jobs, but doesn’t want to call him for fear Jobs might think he is after his fortune.
Abdulfattah John Jandali, a workaholic like his son, says he watched his ex-wife give up Jobs as a baby against his wishes. Now 80, the vice-president of a Reno casino told the New York Post that he is saddened not to have been a part of his son’s “incredible journey.”
But as much as he wants to see Jobs, Jandali says he is not prepared to call him. “Steve will have to do that, as the Syrian pride in me does not want him ever to think I am after his fortune.”
Lisen Stromberg, Jobs’ neighbor, isn’t after the visionary’s fame or money, either, but she writes thanking Jobs for “the coolness points” she got when he said hi to her in front of her son.
The Jobs Stromberg describes on her blog is a man who attends pool parties, dresses like Frankenstein on Halloween, and goes on walks in the neighborhood.
“In time, things changed,” she writes. “The walks were less frequent, the gait slower, the smile not so ready. Earlier this year when I saw Steve and his wife walking down our street holding hands, I knew something was different. Now, so does the rest of the world.”