Steve Jobs died this week after fighting a long battle with cancer. The technological visionary who founded Apple and brought us the personal computer and the iPod was called a hippy by his close friends, and reportedly said taking LSD was “one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life”.
Jobs, who died an untimely death at age 56, was known for his revolutionary ideas and unorthodox style of management. Some are now speculating whether Jobs’ drug use in the 1970s helped make him more creative.
A video from the History Channel shows Jobs’ Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak discussing their hippy roots:
Jobs spoke of the importance of LSD in the book “What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry” by John Markoff. He was also quoted in a Playboy article as saying Microsoft’s Bill Gates would “be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once”.
Interestingly, Jobs’ reputation for enjoying the drug sparked LSD-inventor Albert Hofman to send him a letter asking him to help fund psychedelic research.
Jobs didn’t agree to any funding, but reportedly discussed the issue with Rick Doblin of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies in a 30-minute telephone call. “He was still thinking, ‘Let’s put it in the water supply and turn everybody on,'” Doblin said.
If that doesn’t convince you that he was an acid freak, there’s more evidence in the 1999 film Pirates of Silicon Valley, about the early days of Jobs and Gates and the establishment of Apple and Microsoft. One scene in the movie show Jobs tripping on LSD for the first time. Watch:
In a sad revelation posted yesterday on Celeb Stoner, pot activist Steve Kubby revealed that he had communicated with Jobs about using medical marijuana as treatment for his pancreatic cancer:
“One of Jobs’ closest friends, Daniel Kottke, talked with Jobs about using our medical marijuana lozenges to treat his illness. We provided Jobs with peer-reviewed study on the cancer-fighting properties of cannabis, for which I am, literally, living proof.
“Unfortunately, Jobs was told if it didn’t work and he tested positive for cannabis, he would be denied a liver transplant, which his physicians told him was his only other option. Steve Jobs decided against using medical cannabis to treat his cancer, not based on science or medicine, but upon the consequences for him if he used this legal medicine, because of Prohibition and a federal government that puts policy above lives.
“The loss of this visionary pioneer is a loss for the entire planet. Tragically, it appears it might have been prevented.”
R.I.P. Steve Jobs