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.