Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The ’60 Minutes’ Interview with Steve Jobs’ Biographer

CBS News: 60 Minutes has posted the video and text from its interview with Steve Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson. Isaacson explains that he believes the late Apple founder was profoundly affected by his adoption, that he felt he was special because his parents picked him out. “I was, I remember right here on the lawn, telling Lisa McMoylar from across the street that I was adopted,” recalls Jobs on tape. “And she said, ‘So does that mean your real parents didn’t want you?’ Ooooh, lightning bolts went off in my head. I remember running into the house, I think I was like crying, asking my parents. And they sat me down and they said, ‘No, you don’t understand. We specifically picked you out.'”

Isaacson also discusses Jobs’ “magical thinking,” saying, “In the end, he would not take no for an answer. And he would sort of make the dent in the universe he wanted to. He would bend reality, and they would accomplish it.”

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