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Tuesday, November 01, 2005, 08:00 am PT (11:00 am ET)

Jobs asks author: \"Are you a nut case?\"

On Friday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs lashed out at an author who wrote an article about the untold story of Jobs' biological father, reports the New York Daily News.

Fredric Alan Maxwell last week emailed Jobs a 4,000-word article he wrote for Fast Company magazine about Jobs' biological father, reportedly a Syrian immigrant and political science professor named Abdulfattah Jandali.

"Are you a nut case?" Jobs replied, signing the oneliner "Steve."

Maxwell reportedly fired back: "Are you?"

According to the Daily News, the Montana-based author has been pushing Jobs' buttons for a while, even conducting 18 months of research for the unauthorized biography. He finally sent Jobs the piece after Fast Company decided not to run with it.

In January, Maxwell was reportedly stripped of his press credentials when he tried to enter Jobs' keynote speech at the MacWorld event in San Francisco.

This isn't the first time that an unauthorized biography has drawn the ire of Jobs.

In April, Jobs had Apple pull all books published by John Wiley & Sons from its retail stores in protest of an unauthorized biography titled "iCon Steve Jobs : The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business" which the publisher had agreed to release.

But Jobs' reaction to the biography did nothing but bolster sales and interest in the book, causing Wiley & Sons to double the book's initial press run of nearly 50,000 and to race it to stores a few weeks ahead of its original publication date.