“It goes without saying that Steve Jobs is perhaps the most famous business leader of the century, if not of all time,” Rhiannon Williams reports for The Telegraph. “John Sculley’s legacy is an altogether quieter matter. The mild-mannered New Yorker acted as Apple’s chief executive for a decade until his departure in 1993, overseeing one of company’s most tumultuous periods during its bitter war with Microsoft, as well as bitter power struggles within his own team.”

“Sculley and his wife, on a recent trip to New York from their home in Florida, passed the balcony where Jobs famously propositioned Sculley with the immortal line: ‘Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life? Or come with me and change the world?'” Williams reports. “Sculley speaks wistfully of Jobs now, constantly referring to him as ‘brilliant’ and ‘very talented,’ speaking thoughtfully and at length about events more than 30 years old… ‘Steve and I had this amazing relationship, and my guess is when the new movie comes out people will get a much more accurate picture of what it was really like in those early days at Apple,’ Sculley muses.”

People exaggerate, it’s simple to summarize and exaggerate. I found Steve, remember – at the time we were friends, we were incredibly close friends, and… he was someone who even then, showed compassion, and caring about people. Didn’t mean he couldn’t be tough in a meeting and make decisions, and sometimes they seemed, y’know, overly harsh. But the reality was, the Steve Jobs I knew was still a very decent person, with very decent values. So I think he was misrepresented in popular culture. — John Sculley

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MacDailyNews Take: While he’s correct in his assessment of pop culture’s exaggerations regarding Steve Jobs, Sculley forever remains the unprepared sugared water salesbozo who stupidly signed away the company jewels to Microsoft, consigning much of the world to the computer Dark Ages (still ongoing for far too many).

If, for some reason, we make some big mistake and IBM wins, my personal feeling is that we are going to enter a computer Dark Ages for about twenty years. — Steve Jobs, 1987

Bottom line: Steve picked the wrong guy. It wasn’t the last time, either (most notably: Eric Schmidt on Apple’s BoD).