Steve Jobs' estranged father never got phone call he waited for
Steve Jobs' estranged father, who had given up his infant son for adoption, had been hoping that his grown son would call him. That hope died yesterdaySteve Jobs' estranged father, who had given up his infant son for adoption, had been hoping that his grown son would call him. That hope died yesterday.
Abdulfattah John Jandali (in pic) had e-mailed his son a few times in a tentative effort to make contact. The father never called the son because he feared Jobs would think the dad who had given him up was now after his fortune.
And Jobs never responded to his father's emails.
"I really don't have anything to say," said Jandali, vice president at Boomtown Hotel Casino in Reno, Nevada.
Jandali, a Syrian immigrant, had been quoted recently saying he didn't know until just a few years ago that the baby he and his ex-wife, Joanne Simpson, gave up, grew to be Apple's CEO.
Jandali said that had it been his choice, he would have kept the baby. But Simpson's father did not approve of her marrying a Syrian, so she moved to San Francisco to have the baby alone and give him up for adoption.
Jandali, who is 80, said at the time that he would have been happy to just have a cup of coffee with the son he never knew before it was too late.
He was quoted as saying, "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."