During the early months of NeXT, Jobs and Dan'l Lewin went on the road,
often accompanied by a few colleagues, to visit campuses and solicit opinions.
At Harvard they met with Mitch Kapor, the chairman of Lotus software, over dinner at Harvest restaurant.
When Kapor began slathering butter on his bread, Jobs asked him, "Have you ever heard of serum cholesterol?"
Kapor responded, "I'll make you a deal. You stay away from commenting on my dietary habits,
and I will stay away from the subject of your personality."
It was meant humorously, but as Kapor later commented, "Human relationships were not his strong suit."
Lotus agreed to write a spreadsheet program for the NeXT operating system.
Jobs wanted to bundle useful content with the machine,
so Michael Hawley, one of the engineers, developed a digital dictionary.
He learned that a friend of his at Oxford University Press had been involved in the typesetting of a new edition of Shakespeare's works.
That meant that there was probably a computer tape he could get his hands on and, if so, incorporate it into the NeXT's memory.
"So I called up Steve, and he said that would be awesome, and we flew over to Oxford together."