Gawker profiles Schmidt’s fall from grace with a bit of particular interest to Apple watchers. His first fight with Steve Jobs:
Schmidt’s mobile phone rang on the highway between Reno and Burning Man’s movable city in Black Rock Desert. It was Jobs, angry. The call then dropped; bad signal, middle of nowhere. The disconnect couldn’t be blamed on a flaky iPhone connection: Schmidt had long ago given up on the Apple handset because he couldn’t stand the on-screen keyboard. His wife had tested a prototype, but didn’t care to keep it. Schmidt, we’re told, ended up giving his iPhone to [mistress]Bohner as a gift. Schmidt located a convenience store and used a pay phone to call Jobs back. The Apple CEO “shouted” at Schmidt and “railed” at him, furious about his smartphone plans and duplicity, said our source. After all, Schmidt sat on Apple’s board and was supposed to be a partner on the iPhone, providing internet services like maps. Schmidt, enduring the abuse, visibly lost his composure; his face went “weird,” said our source.
Perhaps ‘something or other’ was kicking in.
Also noteworthy in the story is that Google Founder Sergey Brin has had a chilly relationship with Eric Schmidt and didn’t invite him to his wedding. Brin, of all the Google leadership, has the closest relationship to Steve Jobs, though all of them see Jobs as a mentor.