Steve Jobs Last Words: Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow: Jobs’ Arab Father and Denied Daughter

According to Steve Job’s sister, his last words before he went into coma were “Oh Wow. Oh Wow. Oh Wow.”  She did not explain what she thinks he was wowing about. Jobs knew his hours were short and he personally called his sister, Mona Simpson, and asked her to come to him. He insisted on saying goodbye on the phone, and told her “I’m afraid you won’t make it on time, honey.” He was given a 50/50 chance of making it through the night, which he did. She said “Death didn’t happen to Steve, he achieved it.”

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New York Times:

Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times.

Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.

Steve’s final words were:

OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.

Steve Jobs was a Buddhist. His biographer said sometimes he believed in God 50% of the time. He apparently thought a lot more about God and “believing” more after his cancer diagnosis.

“I remember sitting in his backyard in his garden one day and he started talking about God,” recalled Isaacson. “He said, ‘Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don’t. I think it’s 50-50 maybe. But ever since I’ve had cancer, I’ve been thinking about it more. And I find myself believing a bit more. I kind of – maybe it’s cause I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated. Somehow it lives on.'”

Isaacson continued, “Then he paused for a second and he said, ‘Yeah, but sometimes I think it’s just like an on-off switch. Click and you’re gone.’ He paused again, and he said, ‘And that’s why I don’t like putting on-off switches on Apple devices.'” Source: Christian Post

Jobs has a daughter from his “first girlfriend,” when he was 23. The county had to sue him for paternity and financial responsibility. He tried to resist by saying the mother slept around. When the child, Lisa, had her first birthday, Jobs agreed to paternity testing, and…he was the father. He received visitation rights but seldom exercised them. The paternity test showed a 94.41% chance that he was the father. In an interview he said the analysis showed that 28% of male Americans could be Lisa’s father. Over time, she moved in with him during her high school years, but sometimes they didn’t speak for long periods.

Jobs never wanted to meet his biological father Abdulfattah Jandali, who married his mother Joanne Schieble, after he was adopted. Sensitive about hurting his adoptive parents Paul and Clara, he met Joanne and his full sister Mona Simpson, a novelist, only in 1986. Both were similar; “intense in their artistry, observant of their surroundings, and sensitive yet strong-willed.” Source: The Hindu Business Line

Steve Jobs was adopted at birth by Paul and Clara Jobs, and he tried to protect them as his parents, whom he spoke of affectionately. He did not want to meet his biographical parents. He met his full sister, Mona when she was 25. Simpson said she had always known her father was an immigrant from Syria, who refused to marry her mother. Jobs’ birth parents were Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali, who married Joanne ten months after giving up Steve to the Jobs family. In 1957 Joanne and Abdulfattah had Mona. They divorced in 1962 and Jandali made no attempt to keep contact with his daughter. Mona said she grew up as “the only child of a single monther.”

After Jobs found his biological mother Joanne, he said he had learned some things about this father that he didn’t like, and decided he did not want to meet him, and he did not.

Jobs has always been an enigmatic figure. Ending his time on earth saying “Oh Wow. Oh Wow. Oh Wow,” will make him more so. The discussion about this brilliant man’s last words will go on and on. Jobs died on October 5th, 2011 at the age of 56.

Thank you to Blue Star Chronicles, which linked and has more on this story.

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Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook