?You think I?m an arrogant [expletive] who thinks he?s above the law, and I think you?re a slime bucket who gets most of his facts wrong.?
-Steve Jobs To Joe Nocera, writer for NYT
Joe Nocera, a publisher at The New York Times has found out what no other shareholder or reporter has, a first-hand status on Steve Jobs’ health. In 2004, Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His doctors told him that unless he has surgery to have it removed, he will not be expected to live longer than 6 months. Jobs tried a special diet for 9 months before deciding to have the surgery to try and beat the cancer. He also did not disclose his health to shareholders until the day after the surgery was successful and that he was cured.
Such is the secrecy of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). At Apple’s last Worldwide Developers Conference, Jobs looked frail when announcing the Apple iPhone 3G. This raised additional shareholder concern. Katie Cotton, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications accused a “common bug” to be the reason for Jobs’ frailness.
Being the persistent journalist that he is, Joe Nocera constantly tried to contact Apple’s PR to find out what the real story was behind Steve’s health. ?You think I?m an arrogant [expletive] who thinks he?s above the law, and I think you?re a slime bucket who gets most of his facts wrong,? said Steve Jobs.
Then Jobs told the NYT reporter that he would tell him about his health conditions only if it does not leak to the public. Nocera kept his word but confirms that Jobs does not have life-threatening health problems and that the 53-year old CEO does not have a recurrence of cancer. This is great news for Jobs, Apple fans, and shareholders.
Apple is one of the most admired companies of our generation. And it is great to hear that the leader of the company does not plan on slowing down.
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