Amelio knew that bringing Jobs back into the fold would be a double-edged sword,
but the same was true of bringing Gassée back.
Larry Tesler, one of the Macintosh veterans from the old days, recommended to Amelio that he choose NeXT, but added,
"Whatever company you choose, you'll get someone who will take your job away, Steve or Jean- Louis."
Amelio opted for Jobs. He called Jobs to say that he planned to propose to the Apple board that he be authorized to negotiate a purchase of NeXT.
Would he like to be at the meeting? Jobs said he would.
When he walked in, there was an emotional moment when he saw Mike Markkula.
They had not spoken since Markkula, once his mentor and father figure, had sided with Sculley there back in 1985.
Jobs walked over and shook his hand. Jobs invited Amelio to come to his house in Palo Alto so they could negotiate in a friendly setting.
When Amelio arrived in his classic 1973 Mercedes, Jobs was impressed; he liked the car.
In the kitchen, which had finally been renovated,
Jobs put a kettle on for tea, and then they sat at the wooden table in front of the open-hearth pizza oven.