“I didn’t get any sleep last night,” Jobs replied.“Why? What’s the

“I didn’t get any sleep last night,” Jobs replied.“Why? What’s the problem?”

“I was thinking about all the things that need to be done and about the deal

we’re making, and it’s all running together for me. I’m really tired now

and not thinking clearly. I just don’t want to be asked any more questions.”

 

Amelio said that wasn’t possible. He needed to say something.

Finally Jobs answered, “Look, if you have to tell them something, just say

advisor to the chairman.” And that is what Amelio did.

 

The announcement was made that evening—December 20, 1996—in front of 250

cheering employees at Apple headquarters. Amelio did as Jobs had requested and

described his new role as merely that of a part-time advisor. Instead of appearing

 

from the wings of the stage, Jobs walked in from the rear of the auditorium and

ambled down the aisle. Amelio had told the gathering that Jobs would be too tired

to say anything, but by then he had been energized by the applause. “I’m very excited,”

Jobs said. “I’m looking forward to get to reknow some old colleagues.” Louise Kehoe

 

of the Financial Times came up to the stage afterward and asked Jobs, sounding almost

accusatory, whether he was going to end up taking over Apple. “Oh no, Louise,” he said.

“There are a lot of other things going on in my life now. I have a family. I am involved

at Pixar. My time is limited, but I hope I can share some ideas.”

 

The next day Jobs drove to Pixar. He had fallen increasingly in love with the place, and

he wanted to let the crew there know he was still going to be president and deeply

involved. But the Pixar people were happy to see him go back to Apple part-time; a

 

little less of Jobs’s focus would be a good thing. He was useful when there were big

negotiations, but he could be dangerous when he had too much time on his hands.

When he arrived at Pixar that day, he went to Lasseter’s office and explained that

 

even just being an advisor at Apple would take up a lot of his time. He said he wanted

Lasseter’s blessing. “I keep thinking about all the time away from my family this will

cause, and the time away from the other family at Pixar,” Jobs said. “But the only reason

 

I want to do it is

that the world will

be a better place

with Apple in it.”

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