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Steve Jobs Meet with Lauren Powell Jobs

In October 1989, Jobs had agreed to give one of the “View from the Top” lectures at Stanford Business School one Thursday evening. Lauren Powell was a new graduate at business school.

She arrived late and all the seats were taken, so they sat in the aisle. When an usher told them they had to move, Powell took her friend down to the front row and commandered two of the reserved seats there. Jobs was led to to the one next to her when he arrived. “I looked to my right, and there, so we started chatting while I was waiting to be introduced”, Jobs recalled. They bantered a bit, and Lauren joked that she was sitting there because she had won a raffle, and the prize was that she he got to take her to dinner. “He was so adorable”, she later said.

After the speech Jobs hung around on the edge of the stage chatting with students. He watched Powell leave, then come back and stand at the edge of crowd, then leave again. He bolted out after her, brushing past the Dean, who was trying to grab him for a conversation. After catching up with her in the parking lot, he said, “Excuse me, wasn’t there something about a raffle you won, that I’m supposed to take you to dinner?” She laughed. “How about Saturday?” he asked. She agreed and wrote down her number. Jobs headed to his car to drive up to the Thomas Fogarty winery in the Santa Cruz mountains above Woodside, where the NeXT education sales group was holding a dinner. But he suddenly stopped and and turned around. “I thought wow, I’d rather have dinner with her than the education group, so I ran back to her car and said ‘How about dinner tonight?” She said yes. It was a beautiful fall evening, and they walked into Palo Alto to a funky vegetarian restaurant, St. Micheal’ s alley, and ended up staying there for 4 hours. “We’ve been together ever since,” he said.

Steve Jobs later said that it was only, with Tina Redse and Lauren that he truly felt in love. They went on vacations together. And were passionate for one another. At one point she invited him to his Palo Alto apartment. At New years eve, Steve Jobs and Lauren had a quarrel, and ended up in huge argument. They went home separately. The next day Jobs arrived at her place. She was still asleep. Steve had cooled his anger.

Lauren’s father was not alive, and her mother was not present here. Smith was her only well wisher, living with her. Jobs, that day after Lauren woke up called in Kat Smith,¬† and as was passion, intensity and brutal honesty, he said a long story short, he said that, he wanted to marry, Lauren, and would Smith give them her blessing.

Smith after being a bit puzzled asked Lauren and she said yes. After accepting her marriage proposal, they kept delaying it for several months. He very well understood himself, and knew that not many people are able to tolerate people like Steve Jobs. So he wanted Lauren to give time to be sure she wanted to marry Lauren Powell. In October 1990, he gave her a diamond engagement ring. in december they went out on a trip to Hawaii. Where she got pregnant.

Lauren looked like Tina, but she was more self sufficient, she knew how to take care of herself, and as a result she believed she would be able to handle Steve Jobs. But Steve Jobs, even after proposing for marriage at start of 1990, and then reaffirming it at end of 1990, was still not having a date for marriage. Despite his brutal honesty, meanness, devotion, lack of empathy etc. the marriage stayed for long, there was a great honesty, loyalty in there relationship. She was very well prepared for it. At one point when a lady came up home, to finalize the invitation, he went out of room, and didn’t return, because his perfectionist instincts hit him, and he thought those invitations to be shit. She had to handle it all alone.

Jobs got married roughly a month after his 36th birthday, on 18th March 1991 to Lauren Powell at Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite National Park. Around 50 people were there, in a well organised marriage, those included Paul Jobs, Mona Simpson and many more. After marriage they shifted to a new home. The new home in Old Palo Alto was comparatively more furnished. There new residence, had neighbors, such as Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Andy Hertzfeld, and Joanna Hoffman. With a whole family taking shape by a soon to come kid, they needed some essentials. They went shopping but it was really difficult.

It took them years, to justify that why did they need, a sofa in the drawing room. Electronics were also similar. There could be variety of thoughts over what they should buy. He believed that Americans made washers in wrong way. Europeans used less water, less detergent but still cleaned clothes better better than Americans. Jobs had a simple standard of living. When Bill Gates gave a visit to there home along with his wife, he found it difficult to believe that they all lived in that home, because #BillGates himself was living in a 66,000 square feet mansion in Seattle. #SteveJobs continued this non-materialistic style of living, even when he became #famous, after the second return in #Apple few years later, when he was a popular #billionaire.

Jobs had his first child, who was called “Baby Boy Jobs” for 2 weeks, because it was difficult to settle on a name. They finally named him Reed Paul Jobs. Paul Jobs was name of Steve’s father, so the middle name was taken from there, the first name ‘Reed’, was taken because it just sounded good, though it is believed that it may have some link with Steve Jobs college, which was called Reed College. There, second child was Erin Siena Jobs, she was born in 1995, and there 3rd child, Eve was born in 1998. Steve shared a close relation with with son, but he remained, not very close with his 2 daughters.

At that point, Steve Jobs still remembered his first kid, Lisa. At one point when Lisa was 13, her school called Jobs. They talked about some problems she was facing. Jobs later adviced her to move in to his home. She thought about moving in with Jobs, and later agreed upon it.  She lived with Jobs for 4 years, of her high school. and started using name Lisa Brennan-Jobs. She spent a great time. She found it difficult to handle his father sometimes. Later in life, when she moved to Manhattan as a freelancer writer, they both used to travel frequently. Mona Simpson, used his this character trait of Jobs, to conceptualize her book A Regular Guy, that got published in 1996.

 

Aditya Agarwal
"The People Who Love The Journey, Are The Ones That Reach The Most Beautiful Destinations"

Aditya Agarwal

Aditya Agarwal

"The People Who Love The Journey, Are The Ones That Reach The Most Beautiful Destinations"

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