Skip to comments.Steve Jobs' Estranged Father Never Got Phone Call He Waited For
Posted on 10/06/2011 10:51:36 AM PDT by americanophile
Steve Jobs' estranged father, who had given up his infant son for adoption, had been hoping that his grown son would call him. That hope died today.
Abdulfattah John Jandali had emailed his son a few times in a tentative effort to make contact. The father never called the son because he feared Jobs would think the dad who had given him up was now after his fortune.
And Jobs never responded to his father's emails.
"I really don't have anything to say," Jandali, vice president at Boomtown Hotel Casino in Reno, Nev., told the International Business Times.
Jandali, a Syrian immigrant, had been quoted by the New York Post recently saying he didn't know until just a few years ago that the baby he and his ex-wife, Joanne Simpson, gave up grew to be Apple's CEO.
Jandali told the Post that had it been his choice, he would have kept the baby. But Simpson's father did not approve of her marrying a Syrian, so she moved to San Francisco to have the baby alone and give him up for adoption.
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“read the rest his father seems like a good guy”
I suppose it’s possible. I know there is such a thing as a good muslim, but being a muslim is a huge negative.
A friend of mine was a Syrian Catholic. He and his sister, who was in my classes in school, were both adopted. I never thought of him as being of Arab descent until I was much older. They acted the same as everybody else, although when I got older I realized they did indeed look like people from the mideast. I have Arab relatives, and I didn’t care about that then, and I don’t care about it now. Anyway, they’re all Christians.
That is surprising knowing his history....sad for the child
My G-d the resemblance!
No kidding!!! wow!
Paul Jobs was Steve’s father.
I don’t see how anyone besides Steve Jobs can conclude that it was a “shame” that he did not contact his biological father.
Do you know any adoptees? Some feel nothing beyond transient curiousity toward their biological parents.
It’s as if you suddenly found out that your father had fathered children with another woman. Yes, there’s a biological link there, but that is all. That is not enough for some people to immediately start thinking of those biological half-siblings as brothers and sisters.
The story is that the educated" natural" mother wanted Jobs raised in a college educated home.. she approved of the 1st family on the adoption list because they were both well educated..
When they learned the baby was a boy they changed their mind.. the 2nd family on the list was called to come to get the infant boy ...neither was college educated ..when the "mother" heard this she refused to sign the papers..but changed her mind when they promised to send him to college..funny he never did graduate :)
Paul and Clara Jobs’ son has died. Why are we not talking about them instead of a man who had no relationship with Steve Jobs at all?
It makes no difference whether the sperm donor was the best man in the world or had the best of intentions in contacting his biological offspring. Or if it was unfair that he was not able to raise his offspring.
This man was not Steve Jobs’ father and an adoptee has every right to determine whether he wants a relationship with this stranger, and if so, to what extent.
Yes I have a Great Uncle who’s family fled Syria before 1920 and they were all Catholic.
Which would make them an apostate.
While I think Steve Jobs was a visionary it was also well known that he was not a nice man at least to the ones who worked under him and often would scream and tell them their idea were stupid. IIRC his first daughter Lisa and her Mom lived on welfare for a while when he was telling the court he was not the father and they did not get to know each other until she was a teen.
Oftentimes people assume that adoptees don’t want to engage their bios because they are angry, hurt, and so on. That is not always the case. Just like with your dad, many go: WHY?
They just don’t need to go there. They might have some curiousity about who the bios are and so on. That is an information need, not a relationship need.
Personally, I resent the use of the words “estranged father” in this headline. This man was not “estranged.” That implies a relationship that has become fractured. There never was a relationship between this man and Steve Jobs, so there was nothing from which to become estranged.
Also, a little o/t, but it makes me sick that the same LSM that says killing the child is better than giving him up for adoption then gets all teary-eyed when the adopted child “misses out” on the allegedly wonderful relationship he could have had with his sperm donor.
And again: why is this man getting any press when it’s the son of Paul and Clara Jobs that has died.
My father-in-law was adopted and even though there was some information about his biological mother in his adoption papers he never had any desire to search out his birth mother. Since he has past away my wife and her sister have been doing some research and have tracked his biological mother and some of her family, but have decided not to contact any living relatives.
Chris Plante, our local ranter on WMAL in DC said this AM that if Jobs’ mom had had an abortion we’d still be on Ataris. (And don’t get me wrong, I like Plante).
Google lists Steve Jobs as into Buddhism
But do pro-aborts ever concede that the world would have been worse off if Steve Jobs had been aborted rather than born?
Not exactly what is meant by “estranged.”