In order to evoke the spirit of Dead Poets Society, Clow and Jobs wanted to get Robin Williams to read the narration.
His agent said that Williams didn't do ads, so Jobs tried to call him directly.
He got through to Williams's wife, who would not let him talk to the actor because she knew how persuasive he could be.
They also considered Maya Angelou and Tom Hanks.
At a fund-raising dinner featuring Bill Clinton that fall,
Jobs pulled the president aside and asked him to telephone Hanks to talk him into it,
but the president pocket-vetoed the request.
They ended up with Richard Dreyfuss, who was a dedicated Apple fan.
In addition to the television commercials, they created one of the most memorable print campaigns in history.
Each ad featured a black-and-white portrait of an iconic historical figure
with just the Apple logo and the words "Think Different" in the corner.
Making it particularly engaging was that the faces were not captioned.
Some of them -- Einstein, Gandhi, Lennon, Dylan, Picasso, Edison, Chaplin, King -- were easy to identify.
But others caused people to pause, puzzle, and maybe ask a friend to put a name to the face:
Martha Graham, Ansel Adams, Richard Feynman, Maria Callas, Frank Lloyd Wright, James Watson, Amelia Earhart.