Steve Jobs' Birth Father Wishes Son Would Call

But he won't call Jobs himself because of 'Syrian pride'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2011 10:51 AM CDT
Steve Jobs' Birth Father Wishes Son Would Call
Steve Jobs has virtually no contact with his biological parents.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Abdulfattah John Jandali is exceedingly proud of his biological son, and he’d love to meet him—but he refuses to make the first move. “This might sound strange, though, but I am not prepared, even if either of us was on our deathbeds, to pick up the phone to call him,” Jandali told the New York Post recently. “The Syrian pride in me does not want him ever to think I am after his fortune.”

Jandali, now an 80-year-old Reno casino executive, never wanted to give up his son for adoption. But his then-girlfriend (and later wife) flew to San Francisco without warning to have the baby after her father refused to allow her to marry a Syrian man; there, she arranged parents who would promise the baby a good education. “And let’s face it, they appear to have done an incredible job,” Jandali says. Still, he dreams of some day having some relationship with Jobs. “To have just one coffee with him just once would make me a very happy man.” (Read more Steve Jobs stories.)

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