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The über-private and über-reclusive Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a rare non-keynote public appearance on Friday, joining California governor and action-film hero Arnold Schwarzenegger to promote organ-donation legislation.

The San José, California Mercury News reports that the tech world's most famous transplant recipient joined the governator at Palo Alto's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, a few miles north of One Infinite Loop.

According to the Merc, Jobs said he had been lucky to fly to the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis - presumably in his private Gulfstream V executive jet - "within a four-hour window" to receive his donated liver.

When Jobs returned from his medical leave and appeared at a September 2009 gathering of the Apple faithful in San Francisco, he said that transplant had been donated by a person in their mid-20s who had died in a car crash. At that event, he thanked the donor for “their generosity”.

The Merc reported Jobs as saying in Palo Alto on Friday: "Last year, 400 other Californians died waiting. I could have died." ®

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