Lucasfilm's Computer Division
When Jobs was losing his footing at Apple in the summer of 1985,
he went for a walk with Alan Kay, who had been at Xerox PARC and was then an Apple Fellow.
Kay knew that Jobs was interested in the intersection of creativity and technology,
so he suggested they go see a friend of his, Ed Catmull,
who was running the computer division of George Lucas's film studio.
They rented a limo and rode up to Marin County to the edge of Lucas's Skywalker Ranch,
where Catmull and his little computer division were based.
"I was blown away, and I came back and tried to convince Sculley to buy it for Apple," Jobs recalled.
"But the folks running Apple weren't interested, and they were busy kicking me out anyway."
The Lucasfilm computer division made hardware and software for rendering digital images,
and it also had a group of computer animators making shorts,
which was led by a talented cartoon-loving executive named John Lasseter.
Lucas, who had completed his first Star Wars trilogy, was embroiled in a contentious divorce, and he needed to sell off the division.
He told Catmull to find a buyer as soon as possible.