Just called Steve Dowling to ask him about this photo that’s flying around the Interwebs which supposedly shows Steve Jobs in a bit of distress after flying over the handlebars of his bicycle. The story broke on CNN and then was picked up by Reuters, TechCrunch, Silicon Alley Insider, AllThingsD, VentureBeat, GigaOm and Valleywag. “It’s not true,” Dowling said. I said, which part isn’t true? The part about him falling off his bike or the part about him drilling himself through a tree? Dowling repeated, “The story is not true.” I said, Well I wouldn’t even ask but the weird thing is it does kind of look like Steve. “Is that a question?” Dowling said. I said, Well don’t you think it kind of looks like him? “The story,” Dowling said, “is not true.”
Clearly there is some pretty compelling photographic evidence on this one. Nonetheless, I’m taking Steve Dowling at his word on this one.