This just in: Legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs lived inside a reality bubble of his own creation. That's the conclusion of a confidential background check report just released by the FBI.
The G-men investigated the Jobs-man back in 1991, well before his second coming to Apple and the iMiracles that followed. It seems the then-CEO of NeXT Computer was being considered for a position on the President's Export Council, on which he served until January 1993.
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One can only imagine what those Council meetings were like.
The other highlights from the report? Mostly stuff we knew already.
- He was the target of a million-dollar extortion threat while CEO of Apple in 1985.
- He fathered a child out of wedlock while in high school and graduated with a C+ grade point average.
- He experimented with hashish, marijuana, and LSD in college, yet despite all that was not a member of the Communist party.
- Most of the more than 35 people interviewed by the feds did not personally care for Jobs but still respected his talents and recommended him for the post -- proving yet again that a solid grasp of reality and high moral standards are not requirements for government work.
I find it interesting this report came out the same week the "Occupy Apple" movement has gone public, with demonstrations outside Apple stores protesting the shabby treatment of hundreds of thousands of employees who assemble the machines that make Apple enormously rich.
Jobs's personal flaws are well known, despite the near-deification that followed his untimely demise last October. But Apple has largely been shielded from the kinds of accusations being thrown at it now.