Last post I had described about Jobs’ Childhood. In this article i am going to narrate you his high school life. How he met Steve Wozniak, the guy who became his companion throughout lifetime forever…
In high school Steve met a legendary high school geek of McCollum by the name of Steve Wozniak. Woz was far more better than Jobs in terms of knowledge about Electronics.
Woz got all the basic knowledge about Electronics from his father who used to assemble all the parts of electronic gadgets infront of him. Woz’s father always taught him NOT TO LIE. His father believed in honesty and hence 40 years later when Steve was in high level than Woz he never felt bad about it as he said that
“My Father was an engineer and i always wanted to be an engineer.”
He was too shy to become someone like Steve. When Steve played his pranks Woz used to play even bigger pranks than him. At one instance Woz was sent to Juvenile Detention Centre for one night as he had fixed tick-tick devices in lockers of his class mates. The tick tick devices gave feeling of bomb and they scared many people at school. When Woz had to spend the whole night at Detention Center he did something remarkable. He taught all the prisoners some other pranks.
It was during one of the summers at Homestead High that Woz was introduced to Steve Jobs and they had a long walk.
They discussed about the pranks they had played etc etc.Woz and Steve had pretty much many things in common.Woz liked Steve’s energy. Steve also liked Woz as he had met for the first time who was far more intelligent than himself in the field of Electronics. In addition to this, both Woz and Steve had passion for music.
The music of Bob Dylan and these pranks together had its effect on Apple.
Joanne resisted for the adoption for long time. Later as her father was constantly pressurizing her … she agreed. The same year Joanne’s dad died and that Christmas Joanne married Jandali. They gave birth to a daughter named as Mona. Mona later grew up and became an acclaimed Novelist. She wrote the book “Anywhere but here”. After 20 years the family once again met Steve Jobs.
About the adoption:
Steve was knowing the fact about his adoption since his childhood. His parents had already informed him about that. When his friends used to ask
“That means your real parents did not want you…”
Steve remembers himself crying and running inside the house. But his parents assured him saying only 1 sentence
“We specifically picked you out…”
Hence he considered himself Abandoned, Chosen and Special.
But as history repeats itself, Jobs when he was of Jandali’s age once again abandoned his girlfriend when he got to know she was pregnant. Later after few years he took responsibility of hers.
He considered his adopted parents as 1000% real ones and he simply referred his biological parents as
“They were my sperm and egg bank. That’s not harsh, it’s just the way it was, a sperm bank thing, nothing more.”
Growing up @Silicon Valley:
He grew up seeing the design sense of his fathers carpentry. He firmly followed the all the parts of a particular object must be built with same care as we build its appearance on the outside. He had a very great sense for designing of things since childhood.
He used to always say
“I love it when you can bring really great design and simple capability to something that doesn’t cost much,”
Thats when the original vision of APPLE was being born. In one of the trips that his father took him to Nasa Ames Research Centre he was exposed to the first Computer Terminal and that’s exactly where he fell in love with them. Once his Parents got to know that he is special they started arranging for better schooling for Steve. This made him feel Special always.
When he was sent to the Monta Loma Elementary School his teachers were tired of his pranks and his notorious behavior. His Parents despite of knowing all these never forced him to be calm. But when it came to 4th grade there was one teacher named Imogene Hill who became one of the saints in his life. She studied Jobs and offerred him few lollipops and five dollars on completion of a book full of Math Problems. After this incident all Steve did was to learn to please her.
He says “I learned more from her than any other teacher, and if it hadn’t been for her I’m sure I would have gone to jail.”
Also, he felt himself as very special to get Imogene’s attention in class. As he moved on to seventh grade he was bullied by many people in class and then his parents decided to move to another district. There he took special interest in his neighbours organic gardening. That’s exactly where his appreciation towards organic fruits and vegetables developed
By the time he reached 9th grade he developed his love towards walking and also moved his pranks to next level by experimenting with speakers wired around his house. He built a control room in his closet and he used to listen what was happening in other rooms. Once he wired it into his Parent’s bed room and was caught by his father. This passion made him earn a place in Hewlett Packard Explorers Club. A group of 10-15 students all gathering in Company Cafeteria on tuesday nights.
The kids in this HP Explorers club had to do some projects and Jobs was bulding Frequency Counter. When he needed some parts from HP he searched for the number of CEO of HP and directly called Bill Hewlett and got all the parts that he wanted to build it. By then Steve had a car and had also started smoking marijuana. Steve also used to listen to lots of music and read more on Science and Technology. He loved King Lear, Moby Dick, and poems of Dylan Thomas.
How did this guy start thinking that he could build something revolutionary and build Apple?
More to come… keep reading “I love you Steve” Series…