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Close Encounters of the Steve Kind
Author: Tom Zito
Date: September 1983
Characters: Steve Jobs, Donald Knuth, Lynn Takahashi
Topics: Personality, Inspiration
Summary: Steve Jobs meets Donald Knuth

Steve had managed to get Don Knuth, the legendary Stanford professor of computer science, to give a lunchtime lecture to the Mac team. Knuth is the author of at least a dozen books, including the massive and somewhat impenetrable trilogy "The Art of Computer Programming." (For an amusing look at Knuth's heady self image, and his $2.56 reward program, see http//

I was sitting in Steve's office when Lynn Takahashi, Steve's assistant, announced Knuth's arrival. Steve bounced out of his chair, bounded over to the door and extended a welcoming hand.

"It's a pleasure to meet you, Professor Knuth," Steve said. "I've read all of your books."

"You're full of shit," Knuth responded.

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I was actually present for this. My recollection was that Don Knuth's response was more along the lines of "I seriously doubt that". (It was still quite amusing though!)
Apparently, Don Knuth never said that. Here's a video of him denying it:
@Mac Team : This one is really good . wish you could add more on Steve expression.
Just in case if the link above is not reachable. The original talk: