Steve Jobs one-time girlfriend, Chrisann Brennan, had written a book devoted to nitpicking the early life of the Apple co-founder.
And she claimed in the book that she wrote he had told her how he believed he was a WWII pilot in his past life.
“Steve often said that he had a strong sense of having had a past life as a World War II pilot. He’d tell me how, when driving, he felt a strong impulse to pull the steering wheel back as if for takeoff. It was a curious thing for him to say, but he did have that sense of unadorned glamour from the forties,” states one excerpt from the book.”
Brennan’s writings aptly entitled “The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life With Steve Jobs” is billed in Amazon as an “intimate look at the life of Steve Jobs by the mother of his first child providing rare insight into Jobs’s formative, lesser-known years” with a sales line that says the author wrote with depth and and breath and that she is not one to dive into all the hype connected with Jobs, a big man in the technological industry that he is.
Brennan had a daughter with Jobs, Lisa, when they were together in the late 1970s while still in their 20s. She further claimed that she had known him since they were in high school.
“So I could see the fit: Steve as a young man with all that American ingenuity from a less encumbered time, with that simple sense of right and wrong. But that’s not how I pictured him in 1977. Apple was taking off and Steve wasn’t in an airplane, he was in a rocket ship blasting out beyond the atmosphere of what anyone imagined possible. And he was changing,” Brennan added pertaining to Jobs’ fascination with the 1940s, the era of World War II.
His said enchantment over the era extended to his musical love – the big-band times with Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Count Basie. he even danced, said Brennan, in a ’40s style.
Brennan then described how Steve, following his early success, refused to wash the dishes anymore and became rude to restaurant staffs. She even said he was overly critical of her wrinkles.
Eventually, in her eyes, Steve Jobs had transformed from the simple charming teen she met into someone “vicious” – a descriptive word that was often connected to his name.
The book is set to come out on October 29. People reading it may delve more into its words and may connect it to how Steve Jobs had made decisions on his life and career in the later years, when he had become so successful in his ventures.
However, at the heart of it all, the former CEO of Apple may have been just a mixture of the good and the bad.
Just like the rest of us.