Jon Stewart – The Second Born With an Attitude
American political satirist, television host, and stand up comedian. Known for The Daily Show that puts a satirical slant to news stories
Born November 28th 1962, Jon is the younger brother of Lawrence Leibowitz. Both Jon and Lawrence are the same age during each year so they may be no more than one year apart. With two different names are they step-brothers from two marriages? The answer is Jon changed his name from Jonathan Stewart Leibowitz to Jon Stewart in 2001. His parents divorced when he was eleven years old and he and his brother were raised by his mother. He has no contact with his father, another possible reason for the name change. The second born does not forgive easily.
Don't Compare Me to My Brother
Larry, his older brother, is presently Chief Operating Officer and member of the Management Committee, New York Stock Exchange Euronext, Inc. In fiscal year 2009 Larry's compensation was $1,675,000. As a first born being part of the establishment and following the rules is usually the case. A position of power to give orders to others and not money is their personality trait. A conservative view of life is in keeping with this birth order. Jon, the younger brother, earned 14 million dollars in 2008. As a second born he would use money for the freedom it brings having no one tell him what to do. Money gives the second born independence, he does not use it for power over others. The second born can take a different path than the first born and Jon's liberal views show clearly on his show. In college Stewart majored in psychology and played on the soccer team. This is the athletic side of the second born. He has had surgery to repair both a hernia and knee injury attributed to college soccer. The second born can be the bull dog in spirit, they never give up.
Jon had a series of part-time jobs which included, busboy, puppeteer, bartender and shelf stocker at Woolworths. He was fired at Woolworths after diving into a beanbag chair that crashed into a group of aquariums causing $10,000 damage. Worse yet, it was his older brother that fired him! He got his first television job as a writer for Caroline's Comedy Hour. Several other comedy shows followed with some co-hosting roles. When David Letterman left NBC in 1993 Jon was in the running to replace him. It came down to Stewart and Conan O'Brian, Stewart lost.
Birth Orders of Talk Show Hosts
The book, Life's Fingerprint, a study of birth orders and how they affect your path throughout life shows that NBC got it wrong. There have been a number of talk show hosts with the number Two or the Double birth order of a Two/Only. David Letterman a Two/Only, (five years between David and his sister). Jay Leno an Only/Two, (Ten years between Jay and his older brother) and Howard Stern a Two/Only, (Four years between himself and his older sister). We cannot forget Johnny Carson, the most successful talk show host of all time was a second born. Conan O'Brian is a third born with a very different personality and we now know how that worked out. In 2002 ABC offered Stewart his own talk show to air after Nightline. He was very interested but ABC gave the show to Jimmy Kimmel, a firstborn. The saying, "Always the Bridesmaid never the Bride" seems to fit for Jon Stewart.
Don't tell Me What to Do
In college he was briefly a member of a fraternity but left in part because he did not agree with the hazing. Second borns don't like to be told what to do.. In 2005 he appeared on the CNN show Crossfire with the host Tucker Carlson. The interview did not go well but Stewart would not give ground as he accused the hosts of being "partisan hacks". He said the show failed to inform and educate its viewers. Second borns will stick to their position. In 2005 CNN announced that it was canceling Crossfire.
People with the same birth order have an uncanny way of finding each other. If you look closely at your friends you will find many times they share your birth order. This was true for Jon while he was going through a series of jobs; he shared an apartment with Anthony Weiner. Anthony, like Stewart, had an older brother giving him the same number Two birth order. Weiner is now a Congressman from New York and the only politician to have received a campaign donation from Stewart.
Birth order is that unconscious unseen force that influences many aspects of our lives. With its understanding we may see that some things don't just happen by chance.