Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in the city of San Francisco. His biologicalmother was an unwed graduate student (and his biological father is said to be a politicalscience or mathematics professor, maybe of Middle-Western descent -but this has neverbeen confirmed).Back in the 50s, it was unconceivable for such a young woman to raise a child on herown, so she decided to put her little baby boy up for adoption. But she insisted that theadoptive parents had to be college graduates, just like she was... This was not the caseof Paul and Clara Jobs, but Steve’s biological mother finally relented to let them herchild after they promised he would be sent to college.Paul Jobs was a midwestern farmer’s son who had settled in the Bay Area after his warservice in the USCG and married Clara in 1946. The couple decided to name theiradopted child Steven Paul Jobs. Steve’s younger sister, Patty, was adopted 3 years later.
Childhood & Teenage years
Steve was very bored in school. By his own words:"I was pretty bored in school and turned into a little terror"
(Playboy Interview with David Sheff, February 1985)
But this would soon change thanks to his 4th grade teacher, Imogene “Teddy” Hill. Stevewould later say about her:"She was one of the saints of my life. She taught an advanced fourth grade class, and ittook her about a month to get hip to my situation. She bribed me into learning.”His skills became so apparent that the school allowed him to skip 5th grade and gostraight to middle school. The problem was, the Crittenden middle school was not a niceplace to be around. Steve, who felt left behind in the ambient chaos, insisted that hisparents moved him to another school the next year, otherwise he would refuse to go toschool altogether. The 11-year old’s thoughtful parents bowed and moved to Los Altos in1967, so that Steve could attend the much cozier Cupertino Junior High School.This move is worth noting because the city of Los Altos, as well as the neighboring townsof Cupertino and Sunnyvale, distinguished themselves by the great number of engineer'sgarages they hosted.A little history here. In 1957, the launch of Sputnik I by the Soviet Union rushed the USinto what would later be known as the space race. Federal money was poured in theemerging electronics industry which can roughly be traced back to the invention of thetransistor for which William Shockley (as well as Walter Brattain and John Bardeen) ob-tained the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1956. It just so happens, Shockley set up the Shock-ley Semiconductor company in the Santa Clara County, 30 miles south of San Francisco,
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