As the rest of the room sat frozen, Sculley finally lost his temper.
A childhood stutter that had not afflicted him for twenty years started to return.
"I don't trust you, and I won't tolerate a lack of trust," he stammered.
When Jobs claimed that he would be better than Sculley at running the company, Sculley took a gamble.
He decided to poll the room on that question.
"He pulled off this clever maneuver," Jobs recalled, still smarting thirty-five years later.
"It was at the executive committee meeting, and he said,
'It's me or Steve, who do you vote for?'
He set the whole thing up so that you'd kind of have to be an idiot to vote for me."
Suddenly the frozen onlookers began to squirm. Del Yocam had to go first.
He said he loved Jobs, wanted him to continue to play some role in the company,
but he worked up the nerve to conclude, with Jobs staring at him,
that he "respected" Sculley and would support him to run the company.
Eisenstat faced Jobs directly and said much the same thing: He liked Jobs but was supporting Sculley.
Regis McKenna, who sat in on senior staff meetings as an outside consultant, was more direct.
He looked at Jobs and told him he was not yet ready to run the company, something he had told him before.
Others sided with Sculley as well.