“Steve Jobs was a man who adopted many mentors in his life, but one of his mentors deserves more than a passing look: Robert Friedland, a charismatic, free love wacko who dealt LSD and had his own free love commune on the same apple orchard that inspired Steve for the name of his company,” John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac. “It was also where Steve allegedly got his ‘reality distortion field’ from.”

“Steve Jobs met Friedland at Reed in 1972 after Friedland was kicked out of Bowdoin for having $125,000 worth of acid and then doing two years in a federal prison,” Brownlee reports. “Highly charismatic, he journeyed to Reed, ran for student body president, and handily won.”

Brownlee reports, “Steve met him after arranging to sell him his IBM Selectic typewriter. When Jobs came into the room, Friedland was having sex with his girlfriend, and insisted Jobs stay and watch, which Jobs did. Friedland then formed a commune out on All One Farm, an apple orchard that was granted to him by an eccentric millionaire uncle… Early Apple engineer Daniel Kottke said that some of Jobs’ personality traits were inspired by Friedland, including the reality-distortion field, where truths are much more subjective.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Lava_Head_UK" for the heads up.]