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Apple's Steve Jobs a little nervous before early TV appearance [Video]

February 9, 2011 |  5:58 pm

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs is one of the most charismatic figures in the tech industry. 

Under his leadership, the Cupertino, Calif., company he co-founded has generated huge profits with products that many consider to have defined entire categories in consumer electronics and computing.

But, while prepping for a TV appearance a couple of decades (at least) ago, Jobs was anything but media savvy, expressing a bit of nervousness as well as some amazement when seeing himself on a video monitor.

The above pre-show moment was taped on a VCR and posted on YouTube by radi0chik on Saturday.

Radi0chik told the Technology blog in an e-mail that the video is from a tape belonging to her boyfriend, who has the full interview recorded but hasn't yet been talked into posting it all online.

Nowadays, Jobs rarely gives such interviews. The CEO is known for his privacy and Apple is known for its secrecy and control over every detail of its image and products. As such, Jobs tends to keep his public appearances to a small number of Apple media events each year.

Last month Jobs announced he was taking an indefinite leave of absence due to health reasons. He's holding on to his CEO title while he's on leave, but most of his day-to-day duties have been handed over to Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook.


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Video: Steve Jobs in "Nightline" appearance. Credit: radi0chik via YouTube