Steve Jobs and LSD

The New York Times’ obituary of Steve Jobs included this interesting bit of information:

“After dropping out of Reed College, a stronghold of liberal thought in Portland, Ore., in 1972, Mr. Jobs led a countercultural lifestyle himself. He told a reporter that taking LSD was one of the two or three most important things he had done in his life. He said there were things about him that people who had not tried psychedelics — even people who knew him well, including his wife — could never understand.”

Jobs was never shy about taking LSD. He credited the drug for playing an important role in his success.

He also said that Microsoft’s Bill Gates would “be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once.”

Maybe that would explain why Microsoft products were never as exciting as Apple’s.

Manuel Buencamino

Buencamino was a weekly columnist for Today and Business Mirror. He has also written articles in other publications like Malaya, Newsbreak, "Yellow Pad" in Business World, and "Talk of the Town" in the Inquirer. He is currently with Interaksyon, the news site of TV5. MB blogged for Filipino Voices, blogs for ProPinoy and maintains a blog, Uniffors.com. Game-changers for him, as far as music goes, are Monk, Miles, Jimi, and Santana.

  • Joe America

    The taboos against many things are artificial barriers to all kinds of hedonistic experiences. Still, I’d rather not have sex with animals and I admire Bill Gates for the discipline of not doing what was essentially a trendy thing to do. Steve Jobs is wonderfully creative and whacky and apparently whacked out, but not always a nice man. He must also must have been insecure to lecture Bill Gates in such a jealously inspired way.

    • Joe America

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