The Darker Side of Steve Jobs

June 13, 2012 2:47 PM EDT
Drugs, blackmail, illegitimate children, prison, mood swings, and theft – it reads like a Jersey Shore audition, but what we're talking about here is the life of Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) founder Steve Jobs.

The information comes from 1988 DOD document Jobs filled out in order to get top secret security clearance. The fact that jobs smoked marijuana isn’t a surprise to most, but his love of LSD, and his paranoia about being blackmailed - this may come as a surprise to some.

In a DOD documents releases this week under the freedom of information act, Jobs expressed concerns that someone might kidnap his illegitimate daughter in an attempt to blackmail him. He also described his LSD use as a "positive life changing experience" and he used it 10 to 15 times from 1972 to 1974. He also admitted to smoking marihuana up to twice daily and using hashish.

After being questioned by police, Jobs was arrested in Oregon in 1973 because of an outstanding warrant for failing to pay a speeding ticket, according to the documents. The tickets were later paid.

Regarding Jobs, a coworker said he needed to "learn to be patient with other workers and deal with people who may disagree with hi"”, referring perhaps to his often publicized temper.

He was also described as fair with coworkers but sometimes hard to get alone with due to mood swings. A coworker told investigators that he was "almost manic depressive, really up one day really down another".

Despite his issues, Jobs will go down as a genius and one of the best corporate CEO's ever.

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