Steve Jobs' stance on cookies

Steve Jobs' stance on cookies

Summary: Adam Lashinsky shares an anecdote about the "productive narcissist" in his new book, Inside Apple. And it's classic Steve Jobs.


Steve Jobs' stance on cookies by Jason O'Grady

Well, it's that time of the year again.

Girl Scouts are out in force and it seems like I can't walk past a post office, grocery store or office building without seeing the girls peddling their sinfully addictive cookies. If I hated them it wouldn't be a problem, but I've got a bit of thing for Caramel deLites (and, ok Thin Mints too) so it's a bit of an issue.

So, "what does this have to do with Apple?" I can hear you asking... Admittedly not much, except that every time I see a Girl Scout hawking cookies I'm reminded of a passage from Adam Lashinsky's wonderful new book: Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired--and Secretive--Company Really Works:

Known for being alternatively bullying and charming at work, Jobs showed his neighbors the same combo package. Evelyn Richards, who lived around the block from Jobs, once sent her Girl Scout daughter to the Jobs household to sell cookies. "Jobs answered the door himself," Richards recalled. "But he told her he wouldn't buy any because cookies are sugary and bad for you."

Classic Jobs from a great book.

Inside Apple by Adam Lashinsky cover shot (Jason O'Grady)

Photo: YouThinkYouCanBlog

Topic: Apple

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  • ONce again some more he was correct....

    Life long diabetic, born that way. However i can't tell you the number of people I've met over the years who got the disease much later in life. If only they had walked more and eaten far fewer cookies and donuts. Sigh.

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
    • RE: Steve Jobs' stance on cookies

      @James Quinn

      As a diabetic (2) I totally agree Jim, the problem is that sugar appears in everything as it's most people's (and manufacturer's) drug of choice. Funny to think it's really only been around for 2 centuries or so and the rise of diabetes mirrors the rise in our consumption of sugar.

      The anecdote rasies my opinion of SJ, but it was starting from a really low base ;-)
      • RE: Steve Jobs' stance on cookies

        @tonymcs@... Actually, sugar has been around since the beginning of time. We didn't invent it, Mother Nature did. Sugar, like guns, doesn't kill people...people kill people. Just watch what you eat!
      • RE: Steve Jobs' stance on cookies

        @gnugen Sugar has been around since the beginning of time in some way, shape, or form - but those are natural sugars. What is going into entirely too many of the products we buy on a daily basis - including those girl scout cookies - is processed sugar.
    • RE: Steve Jobs' stance on cookies

      @James Quinn I have Type 1 diabetes and my wife works at a wellness center. Our daughter is in the Girl Scouts. Guess what? She's not selling any cookies to anyone.
    • RE: Steve Jobs' stance on cookies

      @James Quinn As a type 2 diabetic (diagnosed 5 years ago) I have changed a lot of my eating habits including the amount of sweets. Looking back I would have definitely crammed a lot less of those sweets into my piehole... but at this point I'm happy to say my daily glucose and A1Cs have been perfect for the last couple of years.

      If this article was supposed to be some put down of Steve jobs it fell flat. Although I can see Linux Geek Advocate jumping in with some hominy about how those cookies were open source and by not buying them SJ was killing FOSS... LOL
      • LOL

        @Pete "athynz" Athens
        <i>...those cookies were open source and by not buying them SJ was killing FOSS...</i>

        I actually laughed out loud in my cubicle at that one! I'm sure my coworkers are dying to get in on the joke. Thanks!
  • RE: Steve Jobs' stance on cookies

    Cookies ARE sugary and bad for you. With obesity a national epidemic, perhaps it's time for the Girl Scouts to come up with a new fundraiser.
  • RE: Steve Jobs' stance on cookies

    To all you developers out there--how about a techno-cookie, battery operated, that stimulates the sweet buds on the tongue and satisfies sugar cravings. The Girl Scouts could sell that in different techno-flavors, raise money, no cal and no diabetic complications. I want design credit for the idea!
  • RE: Steve Jobs' stance on cookies

    Seems like a somewhat gratuitous use of Steve Jobs' name to boost clicks ... and perhaps trying to paint him in an unfavorable light, but the fact remains that, technically, he was right. (granted, with his money, he could have humored the little girl by buying some anyway ... or maybe he just gave her a few bucks, to be nice).

    In any event ... I'm not one to make group's change their traditions just to be PC (politically correct, not personal computer) ... but I don't think it would hurt if the Girl Scouts did ANOTHER fund raiser during the year, in which they promoted something healthy ... maybe walking/hiking/running/biking. They could get people to sponsor them for every mile and use a chunk of the money raised to do something charitable, like pay down the national debt, or buy congress a clue.

    Ok ... cheap political shot ... but they really could do some kind of a fundraiser based on effort, not sales (especially of fattening foods). Maybe troops could pitch in to help Habitat for Humanity? or revitalize an aging school in their district? or read to the elderly? or clean up a state or city park? rebuild a playground?

    Let's face it: these days, the parents do most of the selling anyway (since the kids are discouraged from canvasing neighborhoods door-to-door, like they used to). So it's really no big deal if heavy lifting and power tools are involved, because the parents will be involved anyway. And that's not a bad thing. Gets everyone participating in good deeds.

    Heck, they could even just hang out at grocery stores on a Saturday and help people (especially the elderly, physically challenged or pregnant women) put their groceries in their car.

    Lots of benevolent acts that they could undertake that don't involve people stuffing their faces. But I'm all for keeping the cookies ... don't be messing with my Thin Mint supply.