Steve Jobs’ Biological Father: A Local Connection

During our discussion of the Steve Jobs biography at our October meeting, I was surprised to learn from member David Smith that Jobs’ biological father, Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, taught at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma in the 1970’s. Even more astonishing was the revelation that he had stranded a group of students during an overseas course in Egypt, absconding with their money. The story, with several quotes from David Smith, can be found here.

One of the impressions I had from reading the Steve Jobs biography is that he appeared to exhibit several symptoms characteristic of psychopathy. If that conjecture was correct, one would predict that traits of psychopathy should also be present in other members of his biological family. These revelations about Job’s father are certainly interesting in that regard.

About Ron Boothe

I am a Professor Emeritus at Emory University, currently living in Tacoma Washington USA.
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