Amid Steve Jobs’ last week’s resignation, stepping down as the CEO of the Apple — the New York Post posted up interview with Steve Jobs’ biological father, Abdulfattah John Jandali, a Syrian-born Vice President of a casino in Reno, Nevada.
He’s an 80-year old workaholic who is trying to avoid retirement at all costs (sounds familiar).
He think the Apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Like the son he’s never met, but much to his regret, they have one additional thing in common: Each is unwilling to speak with the other.
The Syrian immigrant says he is overcome with guilt for his treatment of Jobs and only learned recently that the child he gave up for adoption was the famous CEO.
“This might sound strange, though, but I am not prepared, even if either of us was on our deathbeds, to pick up the phone to call him,” Jandali said. “Steve will have to do that, as the Syrian pride in me does not want him ever to think I am after his fortune,” he said.
For all his accomplishments, the Syrian immigrant says he is overcome with guilt over his treatment of Jobs, 56, and given his son’s health woes and decision this week to step down as Apple CEO, fears time is running out.
“Now I just live in hope that, before it is too late, he will reach out to me, because even to have just one coffee with him just once would make me a very happy man,” he said.
Jandali says although he was in love with his ex-girl friend Joanne Simpson, who became pregnant in 1955, and though he wanted to marry her, he says her family would not allow it. “But sadly, her father was a tyrant, and forbade her to marry me, as I was from Syria. And so she told me she wanted to give the baby up for adoption.”
The pair were living in Wisconsin back then, he said. “Without telling me, Joanne upped and left to move to San Francisco to have the baby without anyone knowing, including me,” he said.”She did not want to bring shame onto the family and thought this was the best for everyone.”
Jandali would have preferred to keep the baby, but he respected her wishes, he said.
“I honestly do not know to this day if Steve is aware of the fact that had it been my choice, I would have loved to have kept him,” he said.
“I think after we got back together, Joanne had second thoughts about adoption, but by then, there was nothing we could do about it.”
Joanne’s dad died just a few months after they gave their son up for adoption, and she agreed to marry John.