In 1978, two years after launching Apple computers, Steve Jobs and his upstart company created the Lisa computer, a machine that would redefine personal computing. Another Lisa arrived in Jobs' life that same year, a baby girl. The child's mother was Chris-Ann Brennan, an occasional girlfriend of Jobs' since high school. Rumours swirled that the computer was named for his daughter born out of wedlock, but Jobs insisted it stood for the acronym, "Local Integrated Software Architecture." For two years he denied any relationship to Lisa the infant, and swore in a court document that he didn't even have the physical capacity to procreate a child.
As Jobs' company and personal fortune grew, Lisa and her mother lived on welfare and whatever work the single mother could find. (Jobs later married another woman and has fathered three other children.)
As a teenager, Lisa Brennan-Jobs was finally invited into her father's world and home. Now, at age 32, she lives in New York and is a magazine writer with credits in major women's magazine. In one well-cited Vogue essay, she wrote about her "illegitimate childhood" and eventual reconciliation with her famous diva father.
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