Paul Jobs was raised in Germantown, Wisconsin and became a Coast Guard in World War II. He made a bet with his friends that he would be able to find a wife within two weeks. He met Clara Hagopian, who was born in New Jersey after her parents fled the Turks in Armenia, and the couple was engaged within ten days. Clara realized that she could not have children, so the married couple looked at adoption (Issacson 28-29). Joanna Schieble was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. She lived within a strict household where her father was extremely strict about dating. When Joanna met Abdulfattah Jandali, a Muslim teaching assistant from Syria, her father threatened to disown her. She went with Abdulfattah to Syria and two months later when they returned, found out she was pregnant. Keeping the baby and abortion were not options the couple considered. When Joanna found out the adoptive couple were Paul and Clara Jobs, she made them promise that they would keep a college fund for the baby. Steve Jobs was born on February 24th, 1955. After some reluctance, Joanna signed the adoption papers and gave Steve Jobs to his new parents (Issacson 30-31).
Steve Jobs knew from a young age that he was adopted. Many of his close friends believe that the awareness that he was given up as a baby made him into the independent person he grew up to be (Issacson 32). Jobs has said that he knows people say that the reason why he has worked so hard was because he wanted his biological parents to want him back, but Steve said that is not true. (Issacson 33).
Steve’s father is the person that introduced Steve to technology. Paul worked on cars often, and although Steve did not like to get his hands dirty, he loved doing whatever he could to help his father. His father showed him the basics of electronics and his love for it took off from there (Issacson 35). Steve saw his first computer terminal on a trip to the Ames Center with his father. When he saw it, he fell in love with it and realized he had a passion for electronics (Issacson 37).
Clara Jobs taught her son how to read before he had to go to school. This caused Steve’s first years of school to be quite boring, so he acted out. He was in trouble countless times for things such as making posters for “Bring Your Pet to School,” which produced cats and dogs running around the school and he set off an explosive under his teacher’s desk (Issacson 41-42). Ms. Imogene Hill, Steve’s fourth grade teacher, tested Steve at the end of the school year and he scored at a tenth grade level. The teachers and administrators urged Steve to move up two grades, but his parents only advised him to skip one grade (Issacson 43).
Steve Jobs had a normal high school career: he went to school, worked, and bought a car. Steve tried not going to college, but his parents would not let him because they made a promise to his biological parents. He decided to go to Reed College in Portland, Oregon, which was a private liberal arts...