A Very Messy Divorce

John Sculley parts ways with Spectrum, leaving a trail of mutual recrimination

On a sunny weekend day last September, John Sculley scribbled a note on the screen of his Apple Newton palmtop computer in the living room of his Greenwich, Connecticut, home. "Let's make Spectrum a world success," he wrote to Peter Caserta, president of Spectrum Information Technologies. Caserta and his aides, who had come to woo Sculley, then demonstrated how their wireless technology could reproduce the scripted message on a fax machine a few rooms away. As the fax whirred, the former chairman of Apple Computer saw visions of a global wireless revolution and his own role in it. "That's when the...

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