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Former Apple CEO John Sculley says he never fired co-founder Steve Jobs

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Former Apple Chief Executive John Sculley has said in recent interviews that the late Steve Jobs was never fired from the company he helped found, an assertion that runs counter to Jobs' own public claims on the matter.

Sculley, who was President of Pepsi before being recruited to Apple by Jobs himself in 1983, has become notorious as the man who ousted the co-founder, but the former CEO claims he never actually "fired" Jobs. He said as much in two recent interviews, one with the BBC and another with computer historian David Greelish, as transcribed by The Mac Observer.

Jobs originally convinced Sculley to leave Pepsi with the famous line: "Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or do you want to come with me and change the world? He was brought on for his marketing experience because Apple's board of directors reportedly viewed Jobs as too young to be CEO.

At the outset, Sculley and Jobs worked well as partners, but they soon came to disagree on Apple's strategy with its Apple ][ and the Macintosh product lines. Sculley said the first reason he had been brought on was to keep the Apple ][ "commercially successful for at least three more years" in order to buy time for Jobs to create and launch the Macintosh.

The second reason Sculley was recruited for the role was because Jobs wanted Apple to learn how to market computers the way Sculley had marketed Pepsi with the Pepsi Challenge campaign.

"[Jobs] and I spent months together getting to know one another, probably almost five months. Weekends. Id go to California, hed come to New York, and so forth. And in those discussions, I was trying to teach him what I had learned at Pepsi about marketing," the former CEO said. "One of the key insights we learned was that you dont sell the product, you sell the experience."

Sculley said he and Jobs were "completely aligned in terms" of what they were and what their roles were. But when the Macintosh Office flopped at launch in 1985, their relationship became strained.

"As we moved out into March [1985], the Macintosh sales were not doing well and Steve and I started to have major disagreements on what we should do about it," Sculley said. "Steve wanted to lower the price of the Macintosh. And yet he still wanted to run substantial advertising behind the product. And he wanted to de-emphasize the Apple ][."

Former Apple CEO John Sculley

Sculley disagreed with Jobs' approach, arguing that, as a public company, Apple needed to set expectations for sales and profits. He asserted that the Mac wasn't ready for what Jobs wanted to do and remained staunch in continuing to focus on the Apple ][.

"So, that was a major disagreement between us. I said if you try to change that on your own, then I have no choice but to go to the board, and we need to bring this issue up with the board. And he didnt think I would do that. And I did," Sculley said.

The board responded by asking Mike Markkula, then a vice-chairman at Apple to interview key people at Apple to determine whether Jobs or Sculley was right. After 10 days, Markkula reported that Sculley was right that the technology for the Macintosh wasn't ready for what Jobs wanted to accomplish. As such, the board asked Jobs to step down as leader of the Macintosh division.

"To be quite honest, I didnt appreciate coming out of corporate America, because remember people get moved around all the time in corporate America, I didnt appreciate what it meant to a founder, the creator of the Macintosh, to be asked to step down from the very division that he created to leave the very product that he believed was going to change the world," he said.

"So Steve was never actually fired from Apple, but he was demoted from the role of leading the Macintosh division and then he went off on sabbatical and then he eventually resigned from the company and took a number of key executives and started NeXT Computing," Sculley told Greelish.

According to Sculley, the board was "outraged" that Jobs took executives with him, as he had promised not to but did it anyway.

"So, thats the actual facts," he said. "I think [Jobs' biographer] Walter Isaacson delved into that in his book and talked to many different people on the Apple board, and actually corroborated that story."

However, Sculley did admit to the BBC that he hasn't actually read Isaacson's book and has only discussed it with people who have. "I haven't really thought about it too much because I know what went on back in the 1980s because I was there," he said.

Sculley also described the circumstances surrounding his departure from Apple. According to him, he resigned because Apple's board had forced him to step down as CEO and given him the role of chairman "basically without portfolio."

"At the time I left, Apple was the number one selling personal computer in the world," Sculley said. "And we had an 8.3 [percent] worldwide market share at that point. We were the most profitable personal computer company in the world."

For his part, Jobs told a different story about leaving Apple in his much-talked-about commencement address at Stanford University in June 2005.



"We [Apple] had just released our finest creation the Macintosh a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started?" he quipped. "Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out."

Jobs went on to add that "getting fired from Apple" turned out to be "the best thing that could have ever happened" to him.

To Jobs' credit, Sculley was quick to point out that technology eventually caught up to Jobs' vision of what it could do. For instance, he said Jobs' work at NeXT was too early for its time, but eventually was used as "the core for Apple's recovery" when computers were powerful enough and the cost of technology had come down enough.

At the least, both Jobs and Sculley agreed that hiring him as CEO was a mistake.

"I hired the wrong guy," Jobs said in a 1995 interview that was recently re-discovered. "He destroyed everything I spent ten years working for. Starting with me but that wasn't the saddest part. I would have gladly left Apple if Apple would have turned out like I wanted it to."

Sculley admitted in a 2010 interview that it was a "big mistake" that he was brought on as CEO since he came in "not knowing anything about computers."

"My guess is that we never would have had the breakup if the board had done a better job of thinking through not just how do we get a CEO to come and join the company that Steve will approve of, but how do we make sure that we create a situation where this thing is going to be successful over time?" he said.
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He sounds a bit defensive, but I've read numerous articles and books (including Isaacson's) and it's a difference in perception. While Sculley is technically correct in that Apple never asked Steve to step down, they did have a power struggle and most of the board sided with Sculley at the time, and Jobs felt totally pushed out. You could say the board handled it poorly. But Jobs did resign, technically, to start NeXT. But then it is also VERY common for executive officers in corporate America to be forced to sign "resignation papers" (including golden parachutes and all), and they always day they are stepping down to "spent more time with their family." Standard practice in Fortune 500.

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OK, so he wasn't officially "fired". But he was demoted, humiliated, and stripped of power to see his visions of the future realized. That's as close to fired as one can get and I don't think any of us can blame him for walking and taking any co-visionaries with him. He was simply too good at what he did not to find a path forward.
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Even after all these year, Sculley still hasn't learned anything. You don't have you tell someone they are fired to fire them. All you have to do is take away their job. That is exactly what Sculley did. So IN FACT, he did fire Steve. It was an easier out for him because he wasn't smart enough to figure out how to manage Steve. I remember when Apple decided to go after IBM on the commercial side, I was working at IBM at the time and I loved Apple. And all I thought was, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING SCULLEY? I had a Mac before a PC and IBM gave me one of the early PCs as a developer. Needly to say, I continued using my Mac.
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He sounds a bit defensive, but I've read numerous articles and books (including Isaacson's) and it's a difference in perception. While Sculley is technically correct in that Apple never asked Steve to step down, they did have a power struggle and most of the board sided with Sculley at the time, and Jobs felt totally pushed out. You could say the board handled it poorly. But Jobs did resign, technically, to start NeXT. But then it is also VERY common for executive officers in corporate America to be forced to sign "resignation papers" (including golden parachutes and all), and they always day they are stepping down to "spent more time with their family." Standard practice in Fortune 500.

I'd call that a technical firing but I think Scully is more accurate. I have no reason to think he's twisting or leaving out anything.

I know a lot of people don't like Scully because of this but I wonder how Apple and Jobs would have turned out if Scully hadn't been there with his marketing experience.



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Sculley is probably technically right in that Apple never sent Steve a termination letter. However, essentially, he probably did everything to encourage Steve to turn in a resignation letter.

California is an at-will employment state. Sculley couldn't fire Steve outright, but he could simply eliminate the position that Steve occupied, making Steve's continued stay at the company unpleasant.

After stripping Steve of his title of head of Macintosh development, Steve was basically homeless. Sculley took away the thing at Apple that Steve cared about the most.

At that point, Steve probably realized that whatever aspirations he had, he would not be able to accomplish them in that environment. So he left.

That's actually pretty typical for Silicon Valley. People start up new companies all the time because they think they can create an environment that will nurture their new vision and beat all their competitors.

Sculley never got this, probably still hasn't. He is a virtual bust as a venture capitalist. He has never been a success in Silicon Valley.

Steve -- on the other hand -- has been fabulously successful twice (Pixar and his second stint at Apple). Arguably, his first tenure at Apple could be called third success.
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He sounds a bit defensive, but I've read numerous articles and books (including Isaacson's) and it's a difference in perception. While Sculley is technically correct in that Apple never asked Steve to step down, they did have a power struggle and most of the board sided with Sculley at the time, and Jobs felt totally pushed out. You could say the board handled it poorly. But Jobs did resign, technically, to start NeXT. But then it is also VERY common for executive officers in corporate America to be forced to sign "resignation papers" (including golden parachutes and all), and they always day they are stepping down to "spent more time with their family." Standard practice in Fortune 500.

We were Apple resellers at the time, with our main store in Sunnyvale -- less than a mile from Apple headquarters.

We knew almost everyone at Apple and most of the Apple techies would hang out at our store.

What you describe is the way I understand is basically how it happened -- from information provided by Apple employees from Evangelists, Techies to assistants/advisors to top management.

One person that Jobs took with him that really upset Apple was Dan'l Llewen -- but I never heard of him again...
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People won't leave flowers at Apple stores when Sculley dies.

Or when I die either.

Who cares who said what.

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People won't leave flowers at Apple stores when Sculley dies.

Or when I die either.

Who cares who said what.

These people changed the world... We all benefited.... Many appreciate this!
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California is an at-will employment state. Sculley couldn't fire Steve outright, but he could simply eliminate the position that Steve occupied, making Steve's continued stay at the company unpleasant.

Uhh, what? Being an "at will" state means the opposite. Sculley (or the company) could fire Steve, just as Steve would be free to quit at any time. Hence "at will."
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These people changed the world... We all benefited.... Many appreciate this!

People who changed the world:

Sculley? Hardly.

Jobs? Perhaps. (jury is still out)

But don't equate either to the likes of Louis Pasteur, Magellan, Newton, Oppenheimer and Einstein, Tim Berners-Lee.

Those dudes ROCKED the world.

Jobs contributions are well documented and worth noting, but really, who cares who fired who in a board room pissing match?

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People who changed the world:
[snip] Tim Berners-Lee.

You'll find Tim Berners-Lee used a NeXT computer to write the world's first web browser. If he was using a different OS, he may not have done so. So Jobs enabled Berners-Lee to write a web browser, making Jobs rather important too.
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People who changed the world:

Sculley? Hardly.

Jobs? Perhaps. (jury is still out)

But don't equate either to the likes of Louis Pasteur, Magellan, Newton, Oppenheimer and Einstein, Tim Berners-Lee.

Those dudes ROCKED the world.

Jobs contributions are well documented and worth noting, but really, who cares who fired who in a board room pissing match?

At the risk of being banned...

We're you born with an asshole attitude -- or did you have special training?
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Jobs is dead; Sculley might as well be. What sort of necrophiliac could actually care about a sour grapes post mortem of some ancient boardroom pissing match? The only thing more distasteful than Jobs' hagiography is Sculley's attempt to rewrite corporate history so that'll appear to be something other than The Guy Who Blew It.

Neither of them was anything other than a businessman. It's not an evil calling, but what sort of pathetic culture exalts such people? One man sold oceans of sugar water, the other sold billions of gadgets, and neither "changed the world." Only an idiot confuses a magnificent amount of money with a magnificent achievement.

Of the two, I certainly prefer gadgets to corn syrup, but as grand achievements, not only is neither General Relativity, neither even approaches the life changing magnificence of indoor plumbing. Let's not forget that one bathtub of hot water is worth drowning every bit of iCrap ever made in every last ounce of Pepsi.
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Jobs? Perhaps. (jury is still out)

Many millions of very smart people all over the world would disagree with you.

That said, there is no law that says you should not make an ass of yourself.
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Jobs wasn't technically fired, but he was effectively fired when the Apple board relived him of any operating responsibility. I worked at Apple, from 1987-1992, and Scully was actually quite popular. In fact, compared to Michael Spindler, Scully was a god
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We're not firing you, we're just moving your office to the fifth stall of the men's bathroom...
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Linux (on NeXT) did the trick, not NeXT.

Regarding the internet, one might add Vint Cerf, Robert Calliau (inventor of Http-protocol)
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Linux (on NeXT) did the trick, not NeXT.

What does that mean?

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Neither of them was anything other than a businessman. It's not an evil calling, but what sort of pathetic culture exalts such people? One man sold oceans of sugar water, the other sold billions of gadgets, and neither "changed the world." Only an idiot confuses a magnificent amount of money with a magnificent achievement.

Ask the people of Africa who bought Macintoshes and Laserwriters whether a free press made a difference in their lives.

Ask my wife who video chats with her widowed mother 5,000 miles away in Japan, every Sunday afternoon for 3 hours, whether Apple has made a difference in their lives. Or the deaf who now can communicate with each other via sign language and video chat whether their lives have significantly changed.

Ask my kids when we take our iPad outside at night with GoSkyWatch point it at a planet and we finally learn what we're actually looking at.

Ask a senior citizen or others with limited vision whether iBooks has made a difference in their lives now that every book is a large print book.

Ask a parent of an autistic child whether an iPad has made a difference their lives.

Go back and watch "Blade Runner" from 1982 when their vision of 2019 included floating cars but the computers all had green screens.

You ignorant whiners complain that Steve Jobs did nothing to change the world while you sit and make your rants AT YOUR COMPUTER.
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Ask the people of Africa who bought Macintoshes and Laserwriters whether a free press made a difference in their lives.

Ask my wife who video chats with her widowed mother 5,000 miles away in Japan, every Sunday afternoon for 3 hours, whether Apple has made a difference in their lives. Or the deaf who now can communicate with each other via sign language and video chat whether their lives have significantly changed.

Ask my kids when we take our iPad outside at night with GoSkyWatch point it at a planet and we finally learn what we're actually looking at.

Ask a senior citizen or others with limited vision whether iBooks has made a difference in their lives now that every book is a large print book.

Ask a parent of an autistic child whether an iPad has made a difference their lives.

Go back and watch "Blade Runner" from 1982 when their vision of 2019 included floating cars but the computers all had green screens. WE

You ignorant whiners complain that Steve Jobs did nothing to change the world while you sit and make your rants AT YOUR COMPUTER.

Computers existed before Steve. Progress would still have been made without him. With that said competition is good for consumers
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They're both right. Jobs wasn't fired from Apple, but he was fired as head of the macintosh division that was the future of Apple. Which to Steve was the same thing. He still had an office, but had no work to do, and was blocked from creating any new work.

The problem with Macintosh Office they were promoting in 85 is it was incomplete. They had the computer with a great graphical user interface, they had the laserwriter, they had the network, Steve burned out his engineers, though, so there was no Macintosh file server to tie it all together. And that's why it wasn't selling like they expected.

Scully did a great job at marketing (which is what he was brought in to do). Apple 2c, Macintosh Classic, etc. He was the wrong person to lead the technology forward, though.

In the long run, it all worked out. While he was away, Steve built NeXTStep, which became OS X that runs every macintosh, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad today saved Apple, Steve also changed animated movies forever with Pixar.

Steve also go better at both marketing and managing while he was away.
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Computers existed before Steve. Progress would still have been made without him. With that said competition is good for consumers

You can also say that math and science would have progressed without Einstein and Newton.

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People who changed the world:
[snip] Tim Berners-Lee.

You'll find Tim Berners-Lee used a NeXT computer to write the world's first web browser. If he was using a different OS, he may not have done so. So Jobs enabled Berners-Lee to write a web browser, making Jobs rather important too.

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Linux (on NeXT) did the trick, not NeXT.

Regarding the internet, one might add Vint Cerf, Robert Calliau (inventor of Http-protocol)

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What does that mean?

Must be a full moon... The Furies are out and about...

If @Blitz1 had done a little research he would have found that Berners-Lee's effort to develop the web with NeXT --predates Torvolds effort to develop Linux...
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and barry bond and mark mcgwire who risked their lives to try magic in order to push humanity to extremity.

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People who changed the world:

Sculley? Hardly.

Jobs? Perhaps. (jury is still out)

But don't equate either to the likes of Louis Pasteur, Magellan, Newton, Oppenheimer and Einstein, Tim Berners-Lee.

Those dudes ROCKED the world.

Jobs contributions are well documented and worth noting, but really, who cares who fired who in a board room pissing match?
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People who changed the world:

Sculley? Hardly.

Jobs? Perhaps. (jury is still out)

But don't equate either to the likes of Louis Pasteur, Magellan, Newton, Oppenheimer and Einstein, Tim Berners-Lee.

Those dudes ROCKED the world.

Jobs contributions are well documented and worth noting, but really, who cares who fired who in a board room pissing match?

They say hindsight is 20/20, but in your case, corrective lenses are still needed

None of the people on your rock the world list are leaders of men, oddly enough. They are all individuals who have made brilliant individual contributions. You probably think Woz did all the work and Jobs took all the credit. But if Steve Jobs had never been born, or had never met Woz, there would be no Apple, no NeXT, no Pixar. Woz's hobby would not have launched a company, a revolution. John Lasseter would not be head of Disney Animation. I'm not even sure we would have Windows in its current form. And the lives of hundreds of millions of people would be different.

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I wonder, why everybody is popping up with statements when Steve is no more....

Maybe they don't have any fear that there lies will be brought to justice, no matter how much lies they tell to the media, just to sell themselves and their future ideas....

Maybe, American Capitalists has no respect for the deceased and their families....

Even Apple's most fierce competitor (copycat) SAMSUNG, delayed their product launch for sometime after Steve passed in show of some respect.......is it because Koreans Businessmen have some ethics and American Capitalists don't?

These hypocrites are proving repeatedly that they are not only cowards but will also sell their MOTHER for that extra profit on WALL STREET !!!
post #28 of 123
Scully isn't the only one looking back on the past with rose-tinted glasses regarding their relationship with Steve Jobs. Eric Schmidt is writing history every time he opens his mouth.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericjack...th-steve-jobs/
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You're splitting hairs. Steve said "fired" because it felt like and amounted to, being fired. He had been demoted to an entirely ceremonial role with an office far removed from the heart of Apple's management structure. He had no power or responsibilities and quit in frustration with it. The only difference between that and "fired" is who actually terminated the contract. The emotions and intents involved are the same.

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I just now realized that by buying an Apple ][c I helped Sculley fire (sort-of) Jobs. I had been saving for and dreaming of owning an Apple for so long, I didn't even consider a Mac. Besides Macs had that silly "mouse" and hid the power of the computer behind a constraining "graphical user interface".

I had the same limited view of a fast moving technological field at 16 as that talented sugar water salesman...
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post #31 of 123
I seem to hear the same story. Scully describes how they did everything BUT fire him, hoping he would resign. Thats the same as firing someone.

I see no conflict or misrepresentation by anyone Scully, Jobs or, Isaacson for that matter.
post #32 of 123
Given the type of character Steve Jobs had, the situation at least caused him to find a bit of humility and also create NeXT. In that way John Sculley invariably did a good thing.
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I had been saving for and dreaming of owning an Apple for so long, I didn't even consider a Mac. Besides Macs had that silly "mouse" and hid the power of the computer behind a constraining "graphical user interface".

Macs were also nearly double the price of your IIc then. A very big factor for a teenager or even a family.

Imagine if you had waited for that $6500 SE/30.
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The other reason Jobs was pushed aside is that he wanted to turn Apple into a consumer electronics company, selling more than just the Macintosh.



Good thing he was stopped in time!!! (Sarcasm)
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Making Sculley CEO was a terrible decision. Jobs should have been encouraged to be CEO. (In part, I blame his own uncharacteristic lack of faith in himself to take on the role.) Sculley's "vision" of creating a thousand iterations of the Apple II and not charging forward on the Mac was the wrong one. Jobs proved this when he returned to Apple. Apple's great success has been its willingness to disrupt itself. Sculley's approach is a classic case of unwillingness to let go of the cash cow and embrace the next big thing. They needed to go all-in on the Mac and keep innovating. Sculley was a salesman and didn't understand innovation at all.
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Ask the people of Africa who bought Macintoshes and Laserwriters whether a free press made a difference in their lives.

Ask my wife who video chats with her widowed mother 5,000 miles away in Japan, every Sunday afternoon for 3 hours, whether Apple has made a difference in their lives. Or the deaf who now can communicate with each other via sign language and video chat whether their lives have significantly changed.

Ask my kids when we take our iPad outside at night with GoSkyWatch point it at a planet and we finally learn what we're actually looking at.

Ask a senior citizen or others with limited vision whether iBooks has made a difference in their lives now that every book is a large print book.

Ask a parent of an autistic child whether an iPad has made a difference their lives.

Go back and watch "Blade Runner" from 1982 when their vision of 2019 included floating cars but the computers all had green screens.

You ignorant whiners complain that Steve Jobs did nothing to change the world while you sit and make your rants AT YOUR COMPUTER.

Well put, old chap!
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Regardless of whose version of the story is more accurate, I think it is in extremely bad taste for Sculley to wait until Jobs dies to claim he never fired Jobs.

And whether he fired Jobs or caused his life to be so miserable that he felt he had to leave doesn't really matter. The fact is that Apple was far worse off without Jobs than with him in spite of Jobs' antics at the time and the fact that his failures at Next (and successes at Pixar) matured him and made him a better executive when he returned to Apple.

History shows us that Jobs was wrong to want to de-emphasize the Apple ][, since the Mac was not originally successful from a sales standpoint and the Apple ][ was supporting the company, partially because Apple was so strong in the El-Hi education market in those days. In fact, Apple started an "Apple ][ Forever" marketing campaign and continued to make important changes to that product line while the Mac evolved into something more practical and affordable. I no longer remember the exact date of that campaign, but I suspect it was around 1985 or 1986.

Which just made me think that someone should produce an interactive enhanced e-book about the history of Apple's marketing showing the evolution of all the print ads, TV spots, convention booths, retail architecture, etc.

And do you really think that Sculley didn't read the recent Jobs bio? You mean to say he didn't want to know what was written about him? I call that total b.s.
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Many millions of very smart people all over the world would disagree with you.

That said, there is no law that says you should not make an ass of yourself.

Ass of myself? Uh, no.

Millions of people? Uh, get a life millions of people. It's JUST a computer.

I just think its really, really funny (sad) that we as a society should exalt individuals who seemingly "changed" the world when their actual impact on society is hardly measurable.

Just because Richard Dreyfuss said so in an Apple ad doesn't make it true.

The debate over whether or not Sculley fired Jobs or not is stupid.

But yet, we converse the very issue.

Troops coming home from wars could give a shit.

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Many millions of very smart people all over the world would disagree with you.

That said, there is no law that says you should not make an ass of yourself.

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Ask the people of Africa who bought Macintoshes and Laserwriters whether a free press made a difference in their lives.

Ask my wife who video chats with her widowed mother 5,000 miles away in Japan, every Sunday afternoon for 3 hours, whether Apple has made a difference in their lives. Or the deaf who now can communicate with each other via sign language and video chat whether their lives have significantly changed.

Skype

Ask my kids when we take our iPad outside at night with GoSkyWatch point it at a planet and we finally learn what we're actually looking at.

National Geographic

Ask a senior citizen or others with limited vision whether iBooks has made a difference in their lives now that every book is a large print book.

Big print books have been around for decades.

Ask a parent of an autistic child whether an iPad has made a difference their lives.

Ok, credit due here.

Go back and watch "Blade Runner" from 1982 when their vision of 2019 included floating cars but the computers all had green screens.

Uh, what?

You ignorant whiners complain that Steve Jobs did nothing to change the world while you sit and make your rants AT YOUR COMPUTER.

Umm, if anything Jobs made some of the above convenient, and profitable. But don't try and convince me he cured a disease, or died in a war.

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