乔布斯传(MP3+中英字幕) 第9期:童年,被遗弃和被选择(5)
日期:2015-01-23 09:56


“Every weekend, there’d be a junkyard trip. We’d be looking for a generator, a carburetor, all sorts of components.”
He remembered watching his father negotiate at the counter.
“He was a good bargainer, because he knew better than the guys at the counter what the parts should cost.”
This helped fulfill the pledge his parents made when he was adopted.
“My college fund came from my dad paying $50 for a Ford Falcon or some other beat-up car that didn’t run, working on it for a few weeks,
“我上大学的钱是这么来的:我父亲会花50美元买下一辆已经开不动的福特猎鹰(Ford Falcon)或者其他什么破车,花几个星期修好它,
and selling it for $250—and not telling the IRS.”
The Jobses’ house and the others in their neighborhood were built by the real estate developer Joseph Eichler, whose company spawned more than eleven thousand homes in various California subdivisions between 1950 and 1974.
乔布斯家的房子位于迪亚布洛大道286号,和他们周围的房子一样,都是由房地产开发商约瑟夫·埃奇勒(Joseph Eichler)建造的,他的公司于1950-1974年间,在加州的各个地区兴建了超过11000座房屋。
Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision of simple modern homes for the American “everyman,”
受到弗兰克·劳埃德·赖特(Frank Lloyd Wright) “适合美国普通百姓的简单现代之家”这一设想的启发,
Eichler built inexpensive houses that featured floor-to- ceiling glass walls, open floor plans, exposed post-and-beam construction, concrete slab floors, and lots of sliding glass doors.
“Eichler did a great thing,” Jobs said on one of our walks around the neighborhood.
“His houses were smart and cheap and good. They brought clean design and simple taste to lower-income people.
They had awesome little features, like radiant heating in the floors.
You put carpet on them, and we had nice toasty floors when we were kids.”
Jobs said that his appreciation for Eichler homes instilled in him a passion for making nicely designed products for the mass market.
“I love it when you can bring really great design and simple capability to something that doesn’t cost much,” he said as he pointed out the clean elegance of the houses.
“It was the original vision for Apple. That’s what we tried to do with the first Mac. That’s what we did with the iPod.”
Across the street from the Jobs family lived a man who had become successful as a real estate agent.
“He wasn’t that bright,” Jobs recalled, “but he seemed to be making a fortune.
So my dad thought, ‘I can do that.’ He worked so hard, I remember. He took these night classes, passed the license test, and got into real estate. Then the bottom fell out of the market.”
As a result, the family found itself financially strapped for a year or so while Steve was in elementary school.
His mother took a job as a bookkeeper for Varian Associates, a company that made scientific instruments, and they took out a second mortgage.
他妈妈在生产科学仪器的瓦里安联合公司(Varian Associates)找到了一份记账员的工作,他们家也给房子办理了第二份抵押贷款。
One day his fourth-grade teacher asked him, “What is it you don’t understand about the universe?”
有一天,他的四年级老师问他:“关于这个世界,你有什么不明白的? ”
Jobs replied, “I don’t understand why all of a sudden my dad is so broke.”