Apple CEO Steve Jobs asks author: ‘Are you a nut case?’

“Did computer geek Steve Jobs have a system meltdown? On Friday, the svengali-like CEO of Apple Computer and Pixar Animated [sic] Studios lashed out at author Fredric Alan Maxwell after he sent Jobs a 4,000-word article he wrote for Fast Company magazine about the untold story of Jobs’ biological father, a Syrian immigrant and political science professor named Abdulfattah Jandali,” Lloyd Grove reports for The New York Daily News.

“‘Are you a nut case?’ Jobs demanded, signing the oneliner ‘Steve.’ Maxwell fired back: ‘Are you?’ The Montana-based author has been pushing Jobs’ buttons for a while, even conducting 18 months of research for an unauthorized biography before Penguin Group’s Portfolio imprint pulled the plug earlier this year,” Grove reports. “He finally sent Jobs the piece about his birth father after Fast Company killed it.”

Full article here.

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It’s “Pixar Animation Studios,” not “Pixar Animated Studios.” This Maxwell guys seems to excel at having his work killed before it ever gets published.


  1. I actually think this guy IS a little bit of a nutcase… he’s desperate for a story… but not only that… he really wants to piss people off.

    “What ever happened to common decency?”
    answer: it never existed.

  2. Steve’s ‘Dad’ was Paul Jobs. I believe he sold electronics parts.

    Most ‘men’ will concede that it takes more than the ‘contribution’ of a tablespoon of biological matter to earn the title ‘Dad’.

    Maxwell is a dick. A tiny one. I hope that he is neither a dad nor father.

  3. I think anyone has a right to get shirty when a little prick uses information purely to further his own somewhat tardy career and then deems to let the person he is targetting know about it to wind him up further still. That said it would be far better if you can, to ignore such leeches because sending that email was done deliberatly to gain publicity and in replying it simply achieves that very aim for him. However that is easy to say and rather less easy to fulfill when confronted by such provocation.

  4. How dare this Maxwell twat go digging around in something so personal, and then try and rub SJs face in it!!!

    Maxwell needs a good kick in the nuts. Well done to the publishers for withdrawing their support.

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