For the time being, Jobs and Sculley were able to convince themselves that their friendship was still strong.
They professed their fondness so effusively
and often that they sounded like high school sweethearts at a Hallmark card display.
The first anniversary of Sculley's arrival came in May 1984,
and to celebrate Jobs lured him to a dinner party at Le Mouton Noir,
an elegant restaurant in the hills southwest of Cupertino.
To Sculley's surprise, Jobs had gathered the Apple board, its top managers, and even some East Coast investors.
As they all congratulated him during cocktails, Sculley recalled,
"a beaming Steve stood in the background,
nodding his head up and down and wearing a Cheshire Cat smile on his face."
Jobs began the dinner with a fulsome toast.
"The happiest two days for me were when Macintosh shipped and when John Sculley agreed to join Apple," he said.
"This has been the greatest year I've ever had in my whole life, because I've learned so much from John."
He then presented Sculley with a montage of memorabilia from the year.
In response, Sculley effused about the joys of being Jobs's partner for the past year,
and he concluded with a line that, for different reasons, everyone at the table found memorable.
"Apple has one leader," he said, "Steve and me."
He looked across the room, caught Jobs's eye, and watched him smile.
"It was as if we were communicating with each other," Sculley recalled.
But he also noticed that Arthur Rock and some of the others were looking quizzical, perhaps even skeptical.
They were worried that Jobs was completely rolling him.
They had hired Sculley to control Jobs, and now it was clear that Jobs was the one in control.
"Sculley was so eager for Steve's approval that he was unable to stand up to him," Rock recalled.
Keeping Jobs happy and deferring to his expertise may have seemed like a smart strategy to Sculley.
But he failed to realize that it was not in Jobs's nature to share control.
Deference did not come naturally to him.
He began to become more vocal about how he thought the company should be run.
At the 1984 business strategy meeting, for example,
he pushed to make the company's centralized sales and marketing staffs bid on the right to provide their services to the various product divisions.
This would have meant, for example, that the Macintosh group could decide not to use Apple's marketing team and instead create one of its own.
No one else was in favor, but Jobs kept trying to ran it through.
"People were looking to me to take control, to get him to sit down and shut up, but I didn't," Sculley recalled.
As the meeting broke up, he heard someone whisper, "Why doesn't Sculley shut him up?"