In 1991, under the then President George H. W. Bush, late Apple founder Steve Jobs was being considered for a position on the President’s Export Council, reveals a massive 191-page documentation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation posted on its site.
Today, the FBI released Jobs’ file to the public on its web site, revealing that Jobs was also given Top Secret security clearance from the Department of Defense for work conducted at Pixar from November 1988 to July 1990.
However, an excerpt references to Jobs’ sometimes mercurial behavior:
“Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs’ honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals. They also commented that, in the past, Mr. Jobs was not supportive of [redacted] (the mother of his child born out of wedlock) and their daughter; however, recently has become supportive.”
As the FBI agents did background check on and interviewed Jobs and Apple employers, folks suggested, “Several individuals commented concerning past drug use on the part of Mr. Jobs.”
Jobs famously experimented with LSD back in the early days and admitted the fact publicly. Here is a quote from CBS’s 60 Minutes Steve Jobs special: “Definitely, taking LSD is one of the most important things in my life. Not the most important, but right up there.”
In the end, Jobs was not given an appointment to the President’s Export Council, although the people who were interviewed did feel that Jobs was qualified to hold that position.
All of this happened in the time period between his dicontinuation at Apple in the 1980s and his return to Apple in 1997. Jobs grew up in California where the 1960s hippy culture prevailed long into the 1970s.
Here is the full document: (read-only embedded below)