When Clinton called Jobs over Lewinsky scandal
Former US president Bill Clinton had once consulted the Apple boss about how to tackle the Monica Lewinsky scandal during a late night tete-a-tete, Steve Jobs' biography has revealed.books Updated: Oct 23, 2011 05:35 IST
Former US president Bill Clinton had once consulted the Apple boss about how to tackle the Monica Lewinsky scandal during a late night tete-a-tete, Steve Jobs' biography has revealed.
Jobs reportedly replied: "I don't know if you did it, but if so, you've got to tell the country."
"There was silence on the other end of the line," says biographer Walter Isaacson.
The biography, to be released on Monday, is based on more than 40 interviews with him, as well as comments from scores of close family, friends, workmates and rivals.
It reveals how Jobs tried marijuana at 15.
It discloses Jobs delved into extreme dietary regimes, including being vegetarian and vegan, which also shaped his vision. During one near obsessive period as a fruitarian, he allegedly came up with the name Apple (and because it came before Atari in the dictionary).
For months after his pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2004, the Apple founder tried alternative therapies that may have cost him his long-term health, it says.
As per biographer Walter Isaacson, that was a decision Jobs came to realise was wrong.
He tells Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes: 'I've asked him why he didn't get the operation ... and he said, "I didn't want my body to be opened. I didn't want to be violated in that way."
The biography also reveals that the computer visionary offered to design political ads for President Obama's 2012 campaign despite being highly critical of the administration's policies.
Jobs, notorious for his fiery temper and stubborn nature, had also refused to meet the president in the fall of 2010, saying he would not meet him unless Obama personally asked him.
It also details how Steve Jobs was often bullied in school and stopped going to church at the age of 13.
Isaacson says that Jobs used to think there was a 50-50 chance God existed.
Jobs had pledged to use his 'last dying breath' destroying rival Google's Android because he believed it was based on stolen iPhone technology.
Jobs died at the age of 56 earlier this month due to respiratory arrest caused by pancreatic cancer.
The book, being published by Simon & Schuster, was originally called iSteve and was scheduled to come out in March 2012. The release date was moved up to November, then, after Jobs' death, to this coming Monday.
First Published: Oct 23, 2011 05:35 IST