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Steve Jobs' birth father

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We found this interesting. We saw it via RSS on Dan Gillmor's site, but are having a difficult time finding a link for it now (we've asked Dan what happened). Anyway, here is the nugget:
...The missing piece is the identity of his biological father, whose strange story, uncovered here for the first time, provides fresh insight into the sources of character that have made Steve Jobs one of the greatest icons of American business...

...And it turns out that Jobs, arguably the most fascinating figure in both Silicon Valley and Hollywood, can make yet another claim to exceptionalism: he is the most prominent living Arab-American. His biological father, Abdulfattah Jandali, immigrated from his native Syria at the age of 21 in 1952.

His identity was outed, albeit obscurely, by Jobs' sister, Mona Simpson, the critically-acclaimed, best-selling novelist. She was born two and a half years after Jobs to the same parents, who chose to keep and raise their second child.

(Dan said in his post that this is an excerpt from an article written by Fredric Alan Maxwell, author of Bad Boy Ballmer, about Steve Jobs' birth father and that Maxwell had invited Gillmor to post an excerpt.)

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I think the most prominant arab american would be Ralph Nader , Jobs may be the most prominant arab american businessman.

Posted by: Gopi on November 3, 2005 07:55 AM

mmm. dunno about that.

i'd say jobs is more visible than nader, but neither touts their arab roots.

for others, see Arab Americans here:

examples: Paula Abdul, Selma Hayek, Shakira, Casey Kasem, Gen. John Abizaid, Sen. John Sununu, Marlo Thomas, Jamie Farr, Frank Zappa, and Tony Shaloub most recently.

Paula Abdul, Selma Hayek, Jamie Farr, or Tony Shaloub might be more visible than either Jobs or Nader, for the average american anyway.

- dave mcclure

Posted by: Dave McClure on November 3, 2005 11:44 AM

Yes Dave, Salma Hayek & Shakira would be the most popular arab americans :)

Posted by: Gopi on November 3, 2005 04:52 PM

Its quite visible now that they mention it!

Posted by: Mike on November 4, 2005 05:41 AM
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