21 years ago today, Apple acquired NeXT. I was a systems engineer for NeXT at the time and we were in Scranton, Pennsylvania, introducing new baby Nick to his grandmother. I remember taking the conference call on a pay phone at the Steamtown Railroad Museum… and thinking “Wait, what? We’ve been acquired by who? Apple? They’re the only company going out of business faster than WE are!”
But it worked out OK.
Here’s the actual contract; I was surprised to find this after a quick search.
and the image, prominently featured that day on NeXT’s web site