Biographer: Steve Jobs Regretted Delaying Surgery

He also unknowingly met his biological dad
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2011 7:08 PM CDT

Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson offers a peek at his subject this week on 60 Minutes. Two nuggets from CBS:

  • Health regrets: Jobs put off cancer surgery—he explained to Isaacson that he didn't want his body "violated in that way"—to try alternative routes. His wife and friends urged him to reconsider, which he finally did after nine months. By then, the cancer had spread. "He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it," says Isaacson. "I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner." Story here.

  • Biological father: On a lighter note, Isaacson reveals that Jobs and his biological father unknowingly met a few times. It seems Abdulfattah "John" Jandali once ran a popular Silicon Valley restaurant that Jobs frequented. When Jobs' biological sister tracked down Jandali, he told her, "Everybody used to come there. Even Steve Jobs used to eat there. Yeah, he was a great tipper." She didn't reveal the connection, and Jobs decided not to contact him. Full story here.
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