Um, Steve Jobs is on the phone: Three great stories today

Seattle's Kevin Pedraja got a phone call from Jobs and initially thought his roommate was pranking him.

Apart from all the pieces speculating about Apple’s future without Steve Jobs as its CEO, the most common type of story making the rounds today has been tales of people meeting Jobs or receiving random phone calls from him.

They’re great stories, and these are three of our favorites so far …

CEO Customer Service: Curt Woodward at Xconomy recounts the story of Seattle PR guy Kevin Pedraja getting a phone call from Jobs himself after faxing the Apple CEO a letter complaining about the cracks in his PowerMacG4 Cube. As Woodward notes, it actually wasn’t as uncommon as you might think.

Pedraja — who initially thought it was his roommate playing a joke — took it as a sign of Jobs’ commitment.

Another call from Jobs: Google executive Vic Gundotra tells the tale of getting a call from Jobs about the gradient in the second “O” in the Google logo on the iPhone not looking quite right.

The initial call came in when Gundotra was at religious services, and when Gundotra returned the message he explained that was why he hadn’t answered.

Replied Jobs, “Vic, unless the Caller ID said ‘GOD’, you should never pick up during services.”

A fan’s commitment: What does it it take for a young Apple fan to get to meet the Apple co-founder? Well, having the Apple logo shaved into your hair doesn’t hurt. The Next Web has the story.

  • Guest

    I’ll miss Steve Jobs. Rarely does a CEO take such a personal interest in making his customers so happy.

    • Nnaostring

      Yes, that’s the difference between a Founder/CEO and a Corporate Bureaucrat/CEO

  • Guest

    Okay, fantastic CEO and innovator. But let’s not lionize the guy. He’s reputed to be a first class pr*ck. He denied the paternity of his first child claiming he was sterile. He routinely parks his car in the handicap spaces at Apple’s headquarters. He backdated options and let his CFO take the fall. Some balance and objectiveness would be reasonable.

    • Guest

      So?

      Most of the world’s billionaires made their money by being aggressive, Guan. Putting up front the personal idiosyncrasies of a man who has, without exaggeration, turned the mobile phone and PC markets upside-down is at best an ad hominem attack and at worst slander.

      • Guest

        What part did you have trouble reading? The “So” is stated: let’s not lionize the guy when he’s clearly imperfect. And denying the paternity of your child isn’t a “personal idiosyncrasy”, except maybe to an Apple apologist. Neither is stating documented facts about him an ad hominem attack or slander. It’s simply fact. But again, if your goal to pretend he’s soemthing other than he is, I can see why you’re concerned about the full picture being revealed. 

        • Guest

          No one’s other than you is saying he’s perfect.

          Steve Jobs is not perfect. He’s great but not perfect. He’s done great things and he’s done bad things. To focus on the bad things is to insult a man who has done so much and asked so little of us.

          • Guest

            Nobody said to focus on just the bad things. Just not to exclusively focus on the good ones. It’s called balance. Get it?

            And asked so little? Apple’s average profit margin is four times the industry’s average.

          • Guest

            It’s not “balance” to piss on a man who is dying of cancer. Have some respect for the man, Guan. Yes, he took your money in exchange for giving you iPods and iPhones. No, you shall not call him a “prick.”

  • Henley

    But.. Steve Jobs IS God