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kainchi dham

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In 1974, Steve Jobs was working at Atari headquarters. He wanted to go to India for spiritual enlightenment, and he tried to convince his employers to pay for the trip. Atari offered to pay for him to go as far as Germany to complete some company work.

At this point, Jobs met up his old college buddy, Daniel Kottke, to travel to India and visit Neem Karoli Baba at his Kainchi Ashram. By the time they got there, it was basically deserted after Neem Karoli had died earlier in the year.

They then made a long trek up a huge dry riverbed to an ashram of Hariakhan Baba. In India, they spent a lot of time on endless bus rides from Delhi to Uttar Pradesh and back, then up to Himachal Pradesh and back.

Jobs stayed in India for seven months.

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reed college

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In 1973, Steve Jobs attended classes for less than six months at this private liberal arts college. After deciding to drop out, Jobs was able to attended classes that interested him rather than his core requirement classes. He later cited dropping in on a calligraphy class as extremely influential in developing multiple fonts for the Mac.

While living as a drop-out, Jobs collected empty glass bottles for the deposit, slept on the floor in friends' rooms, explored Eastern mysticism, and occasionally took LSD.

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homestead high school

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When Steve Jobs attended this high school, he enrolled in a popular electronics course. He became friends with a student named Bill Fernandez, who introduced the 14-year-old Jobs to "Woz"- 19-year-old Steve Wozniak.

The two became fast friends over their mutual love of electronics. One of their first business ventures was selling "blue boxes"- devices that made illegal long distance phone calls. They tried selling them door-to-door at the dorms of UC-Berkley, where Woz attended school, but quit after nearly being caught by the police.

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cupertino junior high

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Now known as Cupertino Middle School, Steve Jobs attended this school when it was Cupertino Junior High. Santa Clara county was in the middle of a transformation into what is now known as Silicon Valley. Engineers from Hewlett-Packard and Shockley Semiconductor Company lived in the area, and Jobs was interested in the gadgetry of their garages.

As a boy, his father introduced him to Heathkits, a type of engineering-toy kit for children. This led to Jobs viewing the world in a different way.

As he put it in 1995 Smithsonian interview: "It gave one a understanding of what was inside a finished product and how it worked because it would include a theory of operation but maybe even more importantly it gave one the sense that one could build the things that one saw around oneself in the universe. These things were not mysteries anymore."

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monta loma elementary school

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Steve Jobs attended this elementary school. He wasn't fond of school, but had a teacher Imogen "Teddy" Hill, who bribed him to learn with candy bars and $5 bills.

Jobs said of her: "She was one of the saints of my life. She taught an advanced fourth grade class, and it took her about a month to get hip to my situation. She bribed me into learning."

Jobs learned enough to skip the fifth grade, and attended Crittenden Middle School briefly. He was picked on, and he gave his parents an ultimatum: he would either transfer to a different school, or quick attending school altogether. The young tactician was successful, and he transferred to Cupertino Junior High.

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