June 13, 2012

Steve Jobs Was Scared Lisa Would One Day Be Kidnapped

Michael Harper for

Late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs was a fiercely private man. He didn´t share much about his life with the world until his later years. In fact, not many people knew about his battle with cancer until his now famous and oft-quoted Stanford commencement speech. Jobs was later able to persuade biographer Walter Issacson to collect notes and interviews from those in his life, compiling a treasure trove of information. Most of what was compiled in his best-selling biography was already known, though there were some secrets.

In the months since Jobs´ passing, information about his life has become quite popular. For instance, a new report which was uncovered by Wired thanks to the Freedom of Information Act. According to a late 80s interview with Pentagon officials, Steve Jobs admits to taking LSD and his fear that someone would kidnap his illegitimate daughter to blackmail him.

Jobs was being vetted for Department of Defense security clearance at the time this interview was conducted.  Jobs was to be given Top Security Clearance in 1988, though these newly uncovered papers do not say why he needed this clearance.

Jobs was unashamed of the fact that he had taken LSD, speaking very frankly about with Issacson. In his biography, Jobs says, “Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life.”
“It reinforced my sense of what was important–creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”

In the interview uncovered by Wired, Jobs admits to using LSD 10 to 15 times between 1972 and 1974. “I would ingest the LSD on a sugar cube or in a hard form of gelatin. I would usually take the LSD when I was by myself.”

Jobs also admitted to using Marijuana and Hashish during this time, saying he dabbled anywhere from once a week to once a month.

As Jobs was being interviewed for security clearance, he was asked if he was susceptible to any form of blackmail.

According to the documents, Jobs admitted to having an illegitimate daughter and felt that “the type of blackmail or threat that could be made against me would be if someone kidnapped [her].”

Jobs did mention, however, that were he to be blackmailed, it would “primarily be for the purpose of money, not because I may have access to classified Top Secret material or documents.”

Jobs famously refused to acknowledge his first daughter, Lisa Brennan, even though he did name a line of computers after her.

A 1982 issue of Time Magazine made Jobs´ fatherhood public as one of his college buddies and early Apple employees, Daniel Kottke, told the Times interviewer that Jobs did, in fact, have a daughter. As told in the Issacson biography, Jobs became very angry when he found out Kottke had told the interviewer about Lisa.

According to Issacson, Kottke later said, “Friends don´t let friends deny that they´re the father of a child.”
“I´m not going to let my friends be a jerk and deny paternity. He was really angry and felt violated and told me in front of everyone that I had betrayed him.”

Jobs also told the Department of Defense interviewers that he felt he was emotionally and mentally stable, though he once struggled with bouts of depression. Always cautious of medication, Jobs said he never took any prescriptions, though he did attend a 2-month course at the Oregon Feeling Center.