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I was there when the comeback began!

I joined Apple way back in June 1996. Apple wasn't doing very well, and was posting regular losses. We had a new CEO Gil Amelio who was trying to turn things around.

To make people believe he was doing a good job, he cooked the books and made a fake quarterly profit of $25 million. He made a bunch of cheap hats and bumper stickers and handed them out at a company-wide meeting on July 22, 1996. They said, "I was there when the comeback began! July 22, 1996"

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In reality, the comeback had not yet begun, and Gil Amelio would not be around when the comeback would eventually begin. I think we announced a $750 million loss the next quarter. Every year on July 22, I dig out my hat and wear it as a homage - a mocking homage - to Gil.


Posted by: jav on Jul 22, 08 | 11:12 am | Profile

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Ummmm your image is flipped. Or were the hats so cheap they printed them backwards?


Posted by: TSG on Jul 22, 08 | 5:46 pm

This is a bug in Safari. Try looking at it in Firefox or IE. I wrote up a bug.

The hat is printed correctly, but Photo Booth does this mirror thing which makes everything look backwards.


Posted by: jav on Jul 22, 08 | 5:59 pm

Is the brim of that hat Bondi Blue, or just garden-variety cyan? Maybe there's a Stump the Experts question in there somewhere. :)


Posted by: Bruce on Jul 30, 08 | 8:43 pm

The hat predates the invention on bondi blue by a couple years. It's just an ugly green hat.


Posted by: jav on Jul 31, 08 | 11:31 am

Green? My wife is right about me being colour blind. I knew the Bondi Blue iMac arrived later... But the hat would have made a weirder origin story. :P


Posted by: Bruce on Jul 31, 08 | 1:02 pm

This is a bug in Safari. Try looking at it in Firefox or IE. I wrote up a bug.

The hat is printed correctly, but Photo Booth does this mirror thing which makes everything look backwards.


Posted by: obd2 on Jan 21, 14 | 7:10 pm
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