Finding Joanne and Mona
When Jobs was thirty-one, a year after his ouster from Apple, his mother Clara, who was a smoker, was stricken with lung cancer.
He spent time by her deathbed, talking to her in ways he had rarely done in the past
and asking some questions he had refrained from raising before.
"When you and Dad got married, were you a virgin?" he asked.
It was hard for her to talk, but she forced a smile.
That's when she told him that she had been married before, to a man who never made it back from the war.
She also filled in some of the details of how she and Paul Jobs had come to adopt him.
Soon after that, Jobs succeeded in tracking down the woman who had put him up for adoption.
His quiet quest to find her had begun in the early 1980s, when he hired a detective who had failed to come up with anything.
Then Jobs noticed the name of a San Francisco doctor on his birth certificate.
"He was in the phone book, so I gave him a call," Jobs recalled.
The doctor was no help. He claimed that his records had been destroyed in a fire. That was not true.
In fact, right after Jobs called, the doctor wrote a letter,
sealed it in an envelope, and wrote on it, "To be delivered to Steve Jobs on my death."
When he died a short time later, his widow sent the letter to Jobs.
In it, the doctor explained that his mother had been an unmarried graduate student from Wisconsin named Joanne Schieble.