Steve Jobs OKed Bio So His Kids Could 'Know Him'

'I wasn't always there for them,' he told biographer
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2011 1:44 AM CDT
Updated Oct 7, 2011 7:58 AM CDT
Jobs OK'd Bio So His Kids Could 'Know Him'
A collection of items outside the Apple Flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York October 6, 2011 the morning after the death of former Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Steve Jobs authorized a biography of himself so his four kids could "know him," author Walter Isaacson reveals in Time. "I wasn't always there for them, and I wanted them to know why, and to understand what I did," Jobs told Isaacson in their final interview just weeks ago at Jobs' home in Palo Alto. Jobs was curled up in pain in a ground-floor bedroom because he could no longer walk upstairs. "His mind was still sharp and his humor vibrant," wrote Isaacson, whose book will be published later this month.

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Jobs carefully controlled whom he saw in his final days, even though a pilgrimage of friends and fans beat a path to his home, reports the New York Times. He spent most of his time with his wife, Laurene, and children. “I once asked him if he was glad that he had kids," said preventive medicine expert Dr. Dean Ornish, who met Jobs for sushi shortly before his death. "He said, ‘It’s 10,000 times better than anything I’ve ever done.’” (Read more Steve Jobs stories.)

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