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'Syrian pride' stopping Steve Jobs' biological dad from calling his son

August 28, 2011 - New York

Steve Jobs' biological father is desperate to meet his son, but will not call him because his Syrian pride does not want the Apple founder to ever think he is after his fortune.

Abdulfattah John Jandali, 80, learned only in recent years that the son his ex-wife gave up for adoption 56 years ago grew up to be the Edison of his age and has never met him.

"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," the New York Post quoted Jandali, vice president of a Reno casino, as saying.

"Steve will have to do that, as the Syrian pride in me does not want him ever to think I am after his fortune," he stated.

However, the Syrian immigrant said he is overcome with guilt over his treatment of Jobs, 56, and given his son's health woes and decision this week to step down as Apple CEO, fears time is running out.

"Now I just live in hope that, before it is too late, he will reach out to me, because even to have just one coffee with him just once would make me a very happy man," Jandali added.


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