Brennan worked as a waitress and collected welfare checks to support herself and their baby daughter.Jobs publicly denied he was Lisa’s father for years, even though he took a paternity test in 1979 proving he was the dad.
The two were living together with their friend Daniel Kottke, a computer engineer and one of the earliest employees of Apple, in 1977, when the company took off.
The two finally ended their romantic relationship for good in late 1977, after Brennan became pregnant with their daughter, Lisa.
He was paying $500 a month in child support when he told Time magazine in 1983, “28 percent of the male population in the United States could be the father.”Here, in an exclusive excerpt from Brennan’s first-person tale, “The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life With Steve Jobs” (on sale Oct.
29), she describes her frustrating, difficult and passionate years with the business visionary…
Steve often said that he had a strong sense of having had a past life as a World War II pilot.
He’d tell me how, when driving, he felt a strong impulse to pull the steering wheel back as if for takeoff.I was deeply frustrated by my lack of creative focus.I had made the commitment to myself to be an artist but I had no idea how to do it.At the first Apple party he even danced like he was from the forties.So I could see the fit: Steve as a young man with all that American ingenuity from a less encumbered time, with that simple sense of right and wrong. Apple was taking off and Steve wasn’t in an airplane, he was in a rocket ship blasting out beyond the atmosphere of what anyone imagined possible. It was around this time that Steve, Daniel, and I moved into a rental in Cupertino.Chrisann Brennan first met Steve Jobs in 1972, while they were both students at Homestead HS in Cupertino, Calif.